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P1030530Hello! Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot! I’m Deirdre, a professional tarot reader, nomad, dog lover and archivist. My vocation in life is tarot reading and I would love to share this with you. The ‘Tarot Readings’ tab above will fill you in on the insightful and intuitive tarot readings I offer. I focus on self-awareness and self-empowerment through the tarot. Let’s help you gain clarity and confidence!

Beyond tarot readings, you will find lots of interesting info about the tarot, personal development and learning tarot on this site. Scroll on down to can read my most recent blog posts about all things tarot.  The ‘Card Meanings’ tab will lead you to my progress on blogging about each card.  I am also a firm believer in the power of meditation and share my meditation experiences for each Major Arcana card under the ‘Soul Meditations’ tab. For all those interested in my special combination of travel, photographs and love of tarot, I have a series on Travel Tarot as well. Stay a while and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments- I’d love to connect with you! My email is thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com!

Birthday Reading for My Year of The Lovers

Another birthday, another birthday tarot reading! My birthday was July 8th and it was fantastic. My sister came in from Philly and two friends from Boston came for a visit as well and we just lived it up. That’s why my reading write up is a little late! I did schedule in the time to draw the cards on my actual birthday though, because that just makes me so happy. If you want to do a birthday reading for yourself, or have me do one for you, it really doesn’t have to be on your birthday. I just love the symbolism and the nurturing effect of spending quality time focusing on myself on my special annual day.

I’m entering a new tarot year cycle, like you do every year, and this one will be ruled by The Lovers. The Lovers represent personal values and personal belief systems. They come after the energy of The Hierophant which is society telling you the norms of behavior, emotion, action, and belief. With The Lovers comes self-made decisions and choices about what you personally believe and how you want to align your actions with those beliefs. These decisions often involve how and who we love, how we form partnerships, and what we believe and do in our relationships. I’m going to get married during my year of The Lovers! Whoot!

I will get to writing more of my thoughts on what a year of The Lovers entails at a later date, but for now, I’m exploring the possibilities of how The Lovers energy will manifest in my current year through this tarot reading. Here are the cards from The Wild Unknown Tarot deck that I drew and the meanings of the positions below:
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What do I bring with me to this year of The Lovers? Ace of Wands
Creativity, ideas, passion, drive, fecundity. This looks like the best card of the draw to me right now!:) I’m bringing a lot of enthusiasm and fresh energy with me to the start of this year. The Ace of Wands reminds me of all the ideas and creative projects I have going on right now. It feels like I have something wonderful to bring with me, that I am inspired, and ready to create. I can bring sunshine, creativity, and a sense of blossoming into the coming year. There is a lot of potential with the Ace of Wands, the key is to tap into that potential, work hard, and make something happen. Pure potential is great, but it doesn’t manifest on it’s own- I have to make use of it. It is a seed that needs to be nurtured in order for it to grow. My challenge is to keep going when the initial excitement of the year’s beginning recedes and I have still have to do the work of caring for and growing my projects.

What is The Lovers beneficial influence?- V of Swords reversed 
Learning to get along, figuring out how to communicate, refraining from competition. The V of Swords reversed signals the cessation of the classic struggle inherent in all 5 cards in the tarot deck. The Swords often have to do with a battle of the mind, so this year could find me learning how to quiet the negative voice inside my head that says, “You’re not doing as well as others. You are not fitting in. You need to beat the competition. You are not worthy of love. You are doing a bad job at life.” Or any other dark thought pattern that acts to separate myself mentally from those around me because I’ve decided that we are at odds. The Lovers is a card of harmony, it’s about working together towards common goals, it’s realizing that we are all one, and there is room for each of us to succeed. This year is a time for compromise and focusing on shared goals. It is a year for learning to love myself and to value my contribution to the world.

What blocks or oppositions need I be aware of?- III of Swords reversed
Refusal to make decisions, carrying past hurts, stuck in a negative space. Ah yes, the challenge for me this year will also be about the mental blocks that keep me from feeling integrated and whole with the Universe. We are all guilty of getting stuck thinking about how things have gone wrong in the past and sinking into our suffering and sorrow. Life is suffering! Yes, but it is also joy. It is a balance. It is a duality, just like The Lovers. This card shows us the yin and yang of life and asks us to make an effort to figure out the process of integration into a whole self. The III of Swords reversed is a clear warning to me that I will tend towards the negative this year, shying away from compromise, holding onto grudges, and keeping a narrow worldview. That is basically how the mind works in general, so my obstacle is known and acknowledged. Now all I have to do is keep that awareness and not let it stop me from working towards the integrated harmony of The Lovers. That’s it!?

What do I need to learn during this cycle?- The Hermit reversed
Coming out of my shell, spiritual connection to others, involvement in the world. I love being The Hermit, spending my time in quiet contemplation and isolation, exploring my calm inner center and the spiritual mysteries of life. This Hermit behavior is solitary though, and a year of The Lovers is about connection. I would love to learn this year how to connect and how to enjoy that sharing with others on a spiritual level. I want more people to find my tarot business and join with me on this path of discovery and self-awareness. I want to create a supportive and nurturing community that helps to lift each other up, instead of relying solely on my own resources to grown and protect myself. This is a difficult thing for me, it will not come naturally. The next card, The Emperor, has some advice on how I can effectively leave my shell and be more extroverted in the world.

How can I best incorporate these lessons into my life?- The Emperor
Confidence, authority, extroversion, nonstop power poses. The Emperor is the epitome of outward confidence, discipline, and authority. He truly knows what he knows and is not afraid or shy to exhibit that. The masculine energy here means doing and involvement, not being and isolation. I need to define my structures and trust in my foundation. Honestly, I feel like I do have a lot of self-confidence, I’m just not particularly keen on sharing that with others. I feel like the message here is, “Just do it.” Use fire energy to do without overplanning, overthinking it, or hesitation. I really can’t accomplish my goals by being the Hermit, no matter how much I would love it if that happened. Perhaps a bit of time working with the outward energy of the Emperor is enough so that I can build up a sustainable business and then go back within in the future, where I like to hang out.

What area of my life will be most influenced by The Lovers?- IV of Pentacles reversed
Financial stability will be difficult to achieve, feelings of security in the world will be lacking. Things are not looking so well financially for me at this time. Moving to Nashville, car repairs, medical bills, it all adds up and The Willow Path Tarot isn’t quite at the point where it covers all the expenses, nor is touring with Kristen. The IV of Pentacles reversed is all about holding onto your money, perhaps even greedily, but definitely not spending wads of cash on whatever might be tantalizing and shiny in the moment. Perhaps this year I will better define my relationship to money, or at least define it at all. Right now I feel like I am a super responsible money manager, paying my bills, and knowing to the penny what my cashflow situation is. Yet at the same time I am a super good vacation planner budgeting meticulously for the longest, most fun trip. I can earn it, but I can also spend it. What will make me happier though? Getting a steady job and having some money in the bank? Or being self-employed and having the freedom to make my own schedule but without that financial security? Perhaps this year of The Lovers will help me align my financial goals and values with my actual work actions.

What will be the most likely result at the end of this year?- Father of Pentacles reversed
Finances out of wack, time management skills lacking, not succeeding in being an Emperor. The way things are going right now I’m really resisting the need to get out of my introverted state and do more out in the world. The Father of Pentacles is the ultimate business manager. He knows how to market himself, set his financial goals, and work to achieve them. I’m really good at knowing what my goals are, but not on the part about working and moving towards those goals. I make great plans, but I do not execute well. If I truly want to succeed in growing my business, creating a firm financial structure, and feeling secure in my physical world, I need to be more present and involved in that physical world. I need to show up, connect, ground, and interact. This is my wake up call that if I don’t change my outlook on work, home, and finances, I’m not going to make any progress in ruling this domain during this year of The Lovers. The Lovers do not lend me much help here because they are associated with Gemini and Air, which is so my thing, living in the cerebral world of thinking and planning. The energy energy of the Father of Pentacles reversed reminds me that I may be in my air element with a Lovers year, but my element does not support the kind of physical security in the world that I am craving right now. I need to adjust course and work towards my goals more concretely.

Okay, well there you have it, my birthday reading for myself. I feel like there is big work to be done this year and I know where to focus my energy if I am committed to growth. I know there are tons of grounding things I can do for myself to support that growth and I am excited to put in the effort. My life feels purposeful and directed, now my challenge is to follow that feeling.  Wish me luck!

Learn Tarot with the Guardian Gateway Tarot Telesummits

Hey there, if you’re interested in learning more about tarot (like me!), I wanted to let you know about a cool FREE event that is coming up July 25th-August 5th over at Kim Wilborn’s Guardian Gateway.  At the Guardian Gateway Kim hosts telesummits about fascinating topics, including tarot. If you have never heard of a telesummit, basically this consists of two calls each day that you can listen to and interact with about special topics in tarot. You call in, use Skype, or connect online for free, in real time, and can type in or ask questions about the topics that 20 different tarot professionals will be exploring over the next two weeks on all things tarot.

gg-logoThis is the third telesummit that Kim has put on about the tarot and the first two were so amazing, I am confident this one will be chuck full of wonderful info and food for thought as well. Some of the topics I’m really excited about hearing are: tarot birth cards, timing and tarot, dreamwork and tarot, tarot and healing, and pretty much all of them. Can’t wait to listen to this! You can register for free at The Guardian Gateway and you will receive an email with all the details about logging in and when and how to listen live. It’s basically a mini-workshop each day about fun tarot stuff that you can’t get enough of.

Now, if you’re like me and don’t have free time during the day to listen to 20 live calls, they are all available to purchase in MP3 format so you can take it with you to go. I treat these telesummits like a podcast, more or less. I download them onto my iPod or phone and then listen when I’m walking around or driving or any good time for listening. I’ve listened to the first telesummit about the Major Arcana quite a few times this way:). If you click through and purchase any of the telesummits using the links below, I will receive an affiliate commission, so thank you in advance if you decide to purchase one (or all!) of these awesome series.  Of course, the older ones will not be live, so you can check out the format and style to see if you’re interested all for free by registering and logging in when the telesummit is live starting July 25th, 2016.

Check them all out!

Tarot Telesummit 3- Special Topics in Tarot Wisdom

Tarot Telesummit 2– This one had a recording for of each of the suits, pips, and court cards. There is a guided meditation during each call as well, which is so fun!

Tarot Telesummit 1– This one went into each of the Major Arcana cards and also included a guided meditation. You can even get just the MP3s of the meditations set to music!

Astrology Telesummit– Not tarot related but an amazing overview and deep exploration of astrology if you are also interested in learning about the signs and planets in the sky.

ENJOY!

Greetings from the Mary-el Tarot Deck

For my birthday last week I was gifted the Mary-el Tarot deck by Marie White, published by Schiffer. This deck has been on my wish list for a number of years and I was super excited to receive it from my sister. I was also delighted to see that the deck came in a cute box with a magnetic lid and a companion book. I decided to ask the deck for a message and found it has some pretty deep lessons to teach me. It’s no wonder with this intense deck that big life wisdom is contained for me in the cards. The theme of the deck is described as “the alchemy of the soul; of finding balance, symmetry, mastery of the self, and becoming your own genius.”

Here is what the companion book had to say about the cards I drew from each of the elements from the Minor Arcana and one card from the Major Arcana:

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The Hierophant: “Babylon is a gateway to the powerful truths that lie inside us and are completely blasphemous to any who believe you need something external for redemption, salvation, happiness, an immortal soul, and life after death. She is a monster to those who fear their own power. She is a devil to those who fear the vision of their true self.” (pg 27) “Here you will dive into the jet black pit of earth, completely separate from God, and face your deepest fears and your shadows… And if successful, you will see it for what it is, embrace it and love it as part of yourself and you will become more whole and powerful and illusions about the earth will begin to melt away.” (pg 28)

Six of Wands: “Slay your dragons, conquer your demons. Be direct and forceful.” (pg 105) “The dragons are whatever opposes you or your situation. Spiritually the dragons are darkness and ignorance within ourselves. Illuminate the darkness with fire.” (pg 104)

Five of Swords: Work through the pain and suffering, illness, depression. Whatever is afflicting you, you must keep going. Question all paranoia. Resolve conflicts and disputes with reason and intelligence.” (pg 99)

Nine of Cups: “Accept who/what/where you are with compassion, love, amazement, and humor.” (pg132) “In our earthly incarnation we live with both black and white in somewhat equal measure and they weave themselves into the checkered ground pattern that we walk upon. No matter where you step, you will surely have some black and some white under your feet.” (pg 130)

Knight of Discs: “Don’t look outside for the answer to the problem, look inside to find peace. You already have everything you are looking for. Look in your own home. Do not have doubt in yourself, you are made for this and already have all the tools. Take the middle path, use just what you need, no more or less.” (pg 162)
WOW, that’s a lot to take in, but my overall impression is one of finding wholeness within myself. I am made up of both light and shadow, happiness and depression, health and illness, loss and gain, suffering and relief. I am part of the black and white duality of existence. When I embrace this, my wholeness, and my connection to both Earth and Spirit, I am in the present and I am me. This isn’t a goal or a static state. Life is a continuously unfolding balance between different states, cycling around and around in never-ending flow. Somedays I will find the force to conquer my demons head on. Somedays I will have the mental fortitude to reason my way through my demons. Somedays I will find joy and wonder in my amazing accomplishments. Somedays I will stride along the middle path between Earth and Spirit with certitude. Every day I will be a conduit for that connection without end.

A Nurturing New Moon in Cancer, July 4, 2016

Happy New Moon in Cancer! Yes, I know I’m a tab bit late, but honestly, I feel like the fresh energy of renewal lasts for a couple of days around the New Moon, so here we go catching the tide as it rises! The New Moon in Cancer is all about nurturing, and the best thing I could do to nurture myself yesterday was not stress out about doing a blog post. We are all trying our best, people, we are all just doing the best we can (Insert crazy giggle and arm waving)! If we truly believe that, though if we do our best to love and nurture ourselves and our efforts, this creates more love and less negativity in our lives. That’s the goal: less thinking about the flaws and more marveling at the ability to manifest anything at all. What an accomplishment! Let’s ask the tarot for some advice at this New Moon in Cancer about nurturing ourselves and this great world we live in:

Ace of Wands Wild Unknown tarot

Ace of Wands
Wild Unknown tarot

What area of my personal life needs more nurturing?: Ace of Wands
Your creative drive could use a bit of love and care. Ask yourself if you have been neglecting your Inner Artist of late. When was the last time you created something just for fun, perhaps something silly or “impractical”? When was the last time you burst into song, leapt into a dance, grabbed a paintbrush, or did a cartwheel? When was the last time you laughed until you worried a little bit that you might pee your pants? The Ace of Wands is the root of inspiration, the spark of an idea, the first shoot of creativity. It must have fertile soil from which to grow, though. If you don’t let yourself have any fun and games, don’t let your inner child run amok, or just get out of that routine, routine, routine, produce, produce, produce mentality, you run out of steam to continue. The best thing you can do to nurture your creativity is to get back to the source. Dip into your inner world of joy and inspiration. What would you create if you could make or do anything, even if it seemed pointless and useless? Is something truly useless if it brings happiness and light into this world? Who cares if no one sees or appreciates your masterpiece, or if it turns out not to be a masterpiece at all but an elbow macaroni necklace. Nurture the spark of your inner passion, allow it to be weird or different or frivolous. Just make sure you love yourself. Tell yourself that your efforts are worthwhile and meaningful because they are necessary to who you essentially are as a human being.

X of Swords Wild Unknown Tarot

X of Swords
Wild Unknown Tarot

How can I be more nurturing and supportive of my creations?: X of Swords
Get out of your head! Stop your negative self talk! Okay, admittedly easier said than done. Where are you supposed to go if you have to leave your head?  What if your inner criticism monster will simply not leave you alone? Start with the small step of self awareness. Every time you slip into anxiety mode where every worst case scenario is absolutely going to destroy you, make a conscious effort to simply say, “There it is. There’s my negative self talk. This is me making up a future that doesn’t exist in which everything is bad.” Sure, it might not stop the monster inside your head, but it does separate you and all your potential from that thing that only sees failure and doom. You are inherently not a doom monster, you just have one lurking inside of you telling you that you don’t deserve nurturing or support or anything good at all in your life. And then even if you do deserve it sometimes, the world will conspire against you so that it never comes. Take a tiny 5 minutes from your day and imagine the best case scenario. If you can take the time to write down you happiest outcome, do that as well. Now refer back to that positive outcome once a day. Is it so unobtainable? Is it so crazy to think that you are a good, deserving, amazing person? Nurture that positivity, let it grow and expand. You are ultimately the only person necessary when it comes to nurturing yourself.

The Sun rx Wild Unknown tarot

How can I contribute to creating a more nurturing and caring world around me?: The Sun reversed
The world around us is a living, vibrant, constantly changing and evolving place. We all want to save the Earth as a planet and unite in love and peace as humans and living things on its surface. None of us know how to do that, though. There are lots of ideas about how we could protect the planet and how we could all get along. The thing is, nothing is guaranteed or even particularly effective at this point. So how do we live with that uncertainty? How do we trust in the joy and radiance of The Sun? How can we have faith and belief in a happy ending? Well, we just do. I think it’s simply the human condition. We are limited in our senses and in our knowledge. We don’t know what the meaning of life is and we don’t know what happens after we die. All we can do is try to be happy, try to be loving and kind to each other, try to respect the environment in which we live, and hope that that is good enough. There is so much light and positivity available to us, The Sun reminds us, but the reversal speaks of surprises and hidden joys. We never know what is going to happen in the future. We can only hope for the best, for deep meaning, or a purpose, for it all to be revealed to us someday.

Best of love and nurture at this New Moon in Cancer. As always, if you need a more in depth personalized reading, please get in touch. I am available for email readings any time!

 

Tarot Blog Hop: A Tarot Art Project with the Kings

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Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot! If you are following along on the June Tarot Blog Hop, or are a regular reader of this blog, know that today’s blog is a special entry on a topic that many other tarot bloggers are writing about right now as well. The topic is “a tarot art project for non-artists.” We are all finding inspiration in non-tarot related artwork and then creating a tarot card out of that artwork.

This just happens to be something I do every Wednesday at The Willow Path Tarot! I take photos from my personal Instagram feed, which is about my travels and life outside of tarot, and associate those images to a tarot card. Eventually, I plan to print out all these images and make my own tarot deck from my travels. I’m still in the beginning phases of that process, so today I’d like to share with you how things are going with the Kings in this newly developing tarot deck.

King of Cups Gunnison National Forest Colorado, USA

King of Cups
Gunnison National Forest
Colorado, USA

So, in my travel tarot deck, which I’m tentatively calling The Travel Tarot Deck (ahhh, I know, so original!), the Kings are going to be represented by mountains. I’ve chosen mountains to represent the Kings because I associate mountains with stability, security, maturity, and rulership, all personality traits of the Kings in the tarot deck. I chose this one on the left here to be the King of Cups because of the river in the picture, bringing together the Cups which represent water, and the mountains which represent the Kings. The King of Cups is compassion and welcoming, he goes with the flow, much like a river. He brings comfort and kind words, understanding and mediation. The King of Cups is balanced and generous, bringing peace and harmony with his careful demeanor. This river in Colorado definitely gives me that peaceful feeling of the Cups and the mountains add the dimension of the strength of a King.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

King of Wands                                                     Sedona, Arizona, USA

I’ve chosen this rock formation in Arizona to be the King of Wands. The red color of the rocks makes me think of dry, summer heat and the Fire of the Wands. I associate Wands with summer and this card has a summery feel to me. I think this might be a part of or near the rock formation called Devil’s Bridge, and the King of Wands always seems like a bit of a devil to me. He is charismatic, passionate, and tempting. He has the energy of someone who knows what he wants and knows how he can get it. Even so, he is an honorable person, responsible and hard-working, almost tirelessly so. The King of Wands has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. This range in Sedona prickles with a brittle heat that causes visions to dance before our eyes. The King of Wands understands the visions seen in the fire and can work with it to greatest effect.

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King of Pentacles                                                   Colca Canyon                                        Cabanaconde, Peru

This photo on the left is one I’m thinking about using for the King of Pentacles. There is a deep Earth energy to a canyon, and this photo is of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon hikes in the world. It was a long way down, requiring a lot of the strength and determination of a King to finish. The King of Pentacles is in it for the long haul in every aspect of his character. He is practical, calculating, and under control. He is disciplined and powerful. This King is also connected to the abundance of the Earth, offering brute strength like these canyon walls, but also fertile abundance much like the oasis at the bottom which has shade, water, and a place to rest after a difficult effort. I’m not entirely sold on the image because it seems a bit dry and I associate Pentacles with winter so I would like to do something more snowy, but… for now it has got me thinking.

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King of Swords                                                              Red Rock Canyon National Park                               Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

This photo I’m thinking of using for the King of Swords, but am also not completely satisfied with it. That’s ok, though since I’m planning on seeing many more mountains before this deck is finished.:) I like this one for now because there is something dark and brooding about it, which reminds me of the King of Swords. He is the King of logic and reasoning. His powerful intellect understands the concepts of truth and justice. Something about that kind of mental prowess is dark to me. There is a tendency towards black and white thinking, when so often the world is made up of shades of grey. The King of Swords excels at interpreting that grey area, defining it and forcing it back to black and white. The light and dark interplay of the mountains in this photograph remind me of that balance the King of Swords achieves.

Okay, that’s my contribution to the June Tarot Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed learning about the Kings in my Travel Tarot Deck and come back to the blog often to see the progress I’m making on my Instagram inspired deck. You can hop back or forward using the links below to see what other everyday picture and photos have been made into tarot cards by my fellow tarot bloggers!

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Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

The Emperor                                                           Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park             Wyoming, USA

Acting Out Your Inspiration with the II of Wands

The II of Wands is inspiration in action. You have a great idea, now it is time to make some decisions about how to manifest that dream. You can envision it, have a spirit journey, make a vision board, peer into the future and imagine, imagine, imagine. The II of Wands is full of possibility in motion. You are on your way. You are making progress. You are moving forward with your dreams. This is a great sign that you are living your life in alignment with your thoughts and beliefs…

Kristen and Harriett New Haven, CT, USA

Kristen and Harriet                                                  New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Keywords: envisioning, decision-making, choices, planning, discovery, forward thinking, progress, movement

Reversed: lack of vision, unfocused, delays, need for planning, dispassionate, uninterested, lack of curiosity

Associated Major: The Magician

 

 

 

The II of Wands is inspiration in action. You have a great idea, now it is time to make some decisions about how to manifest that dream. You can envision it, have a spirit journey, make a vision board, peer into the future and imagine, imagine, imagine. The II of Wands is full of possibility in motion. You are on your way. You are making progress. You are moving forward with your dreams. This is a great sign that you are living your life in alignment with your thoughts and beliefs.

There is much self-discovery to be experienced with the II of Wands. When you peer into your future, you realize how many options you actually have. You can step out of your comfort zone, or every day life, and do something completely different. You can take a risk. Perhaps you want to go down a new career path, move house to a far off location, or take your relationship in a new direction. Your long-term goals start to come into focus with the II of Wands as you internalize all that is possible and make decisions about the path on which you want to step out.

When the II of Wands shows up in a reading it asks you to broaden your view. Perhaps you have been limiting your options by thinking too narrowly. Be confident, positive, and adventurous in your pursuits. If you are looking for a new job, find some new sources of job posting instead of just trolling the same ones over and over again. Just for fun, try looking through the job ads in a city or town you have always dreamed about living in and see if they have any good opportunities for your career there. If you are searching for love, try heading to a new social event or checking out a different dating website instead of scrolling a platform you are familiar with. A barrage of new faces might just spark your interest. The key is to expand your worldview with the II of Wands. Your all-encompassing vision is bound to see something new and exciting. Be excited!

II of Wands reversed:

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II of Wands rx Wild Unknown Tarot

When the II of Wands shows up reversed in your reading, it can indicate a block of vision. You are feeling uninspired or cloudy in your future planning. What do you want to do with your life? What are you goals? What do you even want to accomplish? It’s hard to make decisions and be visionary when you can’t figure out what you are striving for. It’s time to reconnect to your inner fire. You need to get back to the root of what lights you up inside and what you are passionate about. Can you set aside some time for that rekindling, maybe actually making a vision board or journaling about your goals or creating a five year plan?

Of course, sometimes we are not passionate. Sometimes we don’t have huge, life-changing goals in mind. The II of Wands can show up reversed to say that you are stagnant for the moment. Is there anything wrong with that? People are always changing and evolving, so it’s very seldom that we are on the level. Can you enjoy a break in the action? It could be that everything is just bumping along great for you at the moment and there is not need for a vision board, blah, blah, blah or any big changes in your life. Be grateful and present in the moment. What is wonderful about where you are at right now?

If you are feeling stagnant and can’t get in touch with your inner passion, that’s okay. Don’t push it too hard or you will just get frustrated and angry that your life has no purpose or passion. Sometimes we aren’t passionate! But is there anything that you are even slightly interested in or curious about? Maybe you have been meaning to start adult coloring or explore more of the neighborhoods in your city. Why not pick up some fresh colored pencils or start hitting every coffeeshop in your town to try different brews? Sometimes small acts of curiosity can get your out of a disinterested funk or even lead to big new passion projects. The II of Wands reversed asks you to examine your inspiration and why it is somewhat dormant at the moment. Is that okay for the moment or do you need to kick start it into action with a little exploration?

Falling in Love with the II of Cups

The II of Cups often indicates the beginning of a romance. This card brings up a lot of the feelings and issues that come up at the beginning of a relationship. You’re getting to know each other, feeling a bit dizzy in love, and experiencing that euphoria of being seen and cared about. You’re also making decisions at every second about whether or not you can get along, if you like their personality, if you can relate on important issues. There is a lot at work in a new relationship that brings up the decision making power of the II cards…

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Toscanini’s Ice Cream                                 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Keywords: Partnership, romance, heartfelt decisions, relationships, balance, nurture, feelings,caring, respect, understanding, peace, cooperation, collaboration, compromise, reciprocity

Reversed: Independence, failure to choose, break-up, fresh start, imbalance, negativity in relationships, inequality, uncooperative, uncompromising

 

 

 

The II of Cups is a always a crowd favorite when it shows up in a reading. This is because almost every deck I know of will have a peaceful scene on it, something imbued with love perhaps, or just something serene. I have a lot of pictures to choose from with two vessels, but I think I’m settled on this ice cream shot for a couple of reasons. First of all, ice cream may be physically cold, but there is a warm, fuzzy feeling to going out for ice cream that resonates with the meaning of the II of Cups. Ice cream makes us feel happy, safe, luxurious, and young. The II of Cups mimics that joyful experience of an ice cream date, pointing out the light-hearted, nurturing, lovey feeling of life.

The second reason I choose this image is because this shot is from one of my first dates with Kristen. Going out to ice cream is a great date, especially for a first one. It can be quick and care-free and doesn’t involve alcohol, which can be good for a first date:)  The II of Cups often indicates the beginning of a romance and an ice cream date can certainly be romantic. This card brings up a lot of the feelings and issues that come up at the beginning of a relationship. You’re getting to know each other, feeling a bit dizzy in love, and experiencing that euphoria of being seen and cared about. You’re also making decisions at every second about whether or not you can get along, if you like their personality, if you can relate on important issues. There is a lot at work in a new relationship that brings up the decision making power of the II cards.

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The II of Cups is a nurturing card. If it isn’t about a romantic relationship for you, it may be about your friendships or how you interact with your family. You will be able to express or show how deeply you care about your loved ones and be able to receive their love in return. You can get together to enjoy the quiet wonders of life, or make important decisions based out of love and respect. You feel compassionate and caring, working to cooperate and get along swimmingly with those around you. Your ability to compromise and reach decisions that meet the needs of everyone involved is high at this time.

The II of Cups isn’t exclusively about love and romance though. If you are doing a work or career reading, this card is an excellent indicator that a business deal will be clinched, a job interview will be go well, or a healthy partnership can be formed. There is a positivity and inspiration around your work life right now. It may turn out that you make deep friendships at work, or even start a business or job working with people you already love, a spouse or a dear friend. You can find some real community in the work place and achieve big results through collaboration. The positive aspect of this card is also a good indication of financial stability. You are making good decisions for your finances and your work will be lucrative.

II of Cups reversed:

II of Cups Shadowscapes Tarot

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Shadowscapes Tarot

The reversal of the II of Cups indicates an imbalance in a relationship. If it is a romantic relationship, you may feel like you are giving, giving, giving, and receiving very little in return. Conversely, you may find that you do not reciprocate the strong feelings of a partner and are thinking about ending the relationship. Either way, feelings are out of wack in your relationship and you need to take a step back and reevaluate. What is this relationship based on? Is there a deep, abiding love here or just a passing love? Do you want to start making compromises to make this relationship work is it best to move on from this relationship before more feelings are hurt? Every relationship we have is meaningful and teaches us important life lessons, but not every relationship is meant to last a life time.

Of course, this feeling of imbalance, non-reciprocity, inequality, or negativity could apply to any personal relationship. You could be missing a long lost friend, feeling shut out by your child, unappreciated at work, or outcast from your friend group. Perhaps you are feeling overworked or over-relied upon. All your friends or colleagues are dumping their negativity on you and you want to get some independence and some me time to focus on your own peace, growth, and wisdom seeking. When the II of Cups comes up reversed in a reading, take a good look for imbalances or inequalities in your relationships. There are steps you can take to improve those relationships, even if stepping away from them for a time is the best idea right now. You deserve mutual respect and understanding and it’s time to figure out how to get that.