Tarot Blog Hop: The Knight of Cups Sings His Heart Out

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Welcome to the Summer Solstice edition of the Tarot Blog Hop! I hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year if you too find yourself in the Northern Hemisphere. I love me some long summer nights, even though it actually doesn’t stay light out that late where I live in Tennessee since we’re right on the edge of Central Time. It’s all good! Someday I’d love to spend the Summer Solstice in Alaska or northern Norway to see the sun stay up, up, up above the horizon for days at a time. #goals!

To me, “The Things I Regret” is so the theme song for the Knight of Cups. First off, it has a jaunty beat that reminds me of the pace at which the Knight of Cups would ride his horse. It’s not too fast, not to slow, but constantly moving. It feels like a spirited trot, constantly seeking, constantly exploring, constantly idealizing. You can feel the movement and action and determination of the Knight energy in the music and in the voice of Brandi Carlile as she sings in her ever so earnest way.

Then come the lyrics which are all about love, longing, open-heartedness, romantic ideals dashed, heartbreak, and soul searching. The lyrics speak to me of the push and pull of the emotional landscape of the Knight of Cups. Love is the key to the deepest happiness but it is also the easiest way to fall into the blackest of despair. Love is destined, it is out of our hands, but it is also all our fault when it unravels. Love will set you free but it will also keep you trapped in an endless loop of doubts and regrets. Love is the only thing worth living for but it makes love unspeakable hard.

Here are the lyrics for you to read through so you can see what I’m talking about:

Knight of Cups
Rider Waite Smith deck

There’s a hole in my pocket where my dreams fell through,
From a sidewalk in the city to the avenue
There’s a leak in my dam ‘bout the size of a pin,
And I can’t quite remember where the water’s getting in

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
All the things you regret,
You can only remember what you want to forget
You feel it tugging at your heart,
Like the stars overhead,
‘Til you rest your bones on the killing bed

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
When I doubt you
Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
When I doubt you

Knight of Cups
Shadowscapes Tarot

With the weight of the world resting on my back,
And the road on which I’ve traveled is as long as it is cracked
But I keep pressing forward with my feet to the ground,
For a heart that is broken makes a beautiful sound

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
All the things you regret,
You can only remember what you want to forget

Let them roll over me
Let them roll over me,
When I doubt you.
Let them roll over me
Let them roll over me,
When I doubt you

Knight of Cups
Linestrider Tarot

I walk through my days like a ghost in a dream,
But the field carries on and my past follows me
It’s hard moving on from the things you done wrong,
When they play in your head like an old fashioned song

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
All the things you regret,
You can only remember what you want to forget

Lonely miles,
Without you

Lonely miles,
Without youLet the ground keep my bones
Let the water be my home
Let the dust hold my soul,
                                                              Like a holy rolling stone

You’ll notice there are quite a few references to water in this song, which reminds me of the suit of Cups representing the Water element. The water is his home and his emotions are a leaky dam. There is so much emotion and water in here, and it isn’t the kind of mature, self-assured emotions you would expect from a Queen of a King. It also isn’t that fresh and trusting emotional naiveté of a Page. Here we are somewhere in the middle of learning about love and feelings and getting our hearts trampled but also not being the best of partners. We all can relate to these growing pains, hopefully learning from our mistakes and responding differently next time we experience challenges.

There is hope in the Knight of Cups. He will “keep pressing forward with my feet to the ground” even though it’s lonely and miserable, disorienting and seemingly endless work. That’s life! That’s love! There’s not much we can do about it but keep trying. Through it all is a sense of the deep beauty of love, “for a heart that is broken, makes a beautiful sound.” That is just the kind of romantic language that the Knight of Cups would spout out to a friend over a few drinks at the bar. That friend is probably a songwriter who will turn that heartache into something as beautiful as this song.

Okay, that’s enough of my song analysis 🙂 I hope you are enjoying the Tarot Blog Hop and hop along to the next post, or go backwards, it’s all in the fun of the thing!  Happy Summer Solstice!!

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Learning and Integrating with the New Moon in Gemini, June 13, 2018

Happy New Moon in Gemini! As we start off another cycle with the Moon, this time we are given the airy, communicative energy of Gemini to guide us through the next four weeks. Gemini rules over the realm of the mind, so this month I thought I would help us connect our mind to our intuitive side by using the Mary-el Tarot deck for our moon reading. Whoa, this deck always blows me away with its depth. It takes me to another realm of the subconscious and intuitive realm more than any other tarot deck that I use. For this reason, I have refrained from doing readings for other people with this deck. I rely heavily upon the book that Marie White includes with her deck and love delving into the esoteric ideas that she communicates therein. Gemini energy loves to communicate lessons so this month I’m exploring what we can learn and how we can use those lessons in the coming month ahead. Enjoy!

Mary-El Tarot deck

What lessons can I learn during the Gemini moon cycle?- Queen of Wands
This Queen is a master of her internal fire energy. She carries a light that shines brightly in all the darkest corners of her inner world. This light illuminates that which wants to remain hidden- the true self. It can be scary and difficult to face our true self. We want to hide, we want to show up as society would have us be, we want to be “normal.” Yet, each of us is unique and incredible, fierce and bright, strong and capable. The Queen of Wands asks you to learn the lesson of self-confidence, of self-reliance, and of self-love. She wants you to hold up a mirror and look at your true self and see yourself as a gift, as perfect, as the miracle that you are incarnate. She fills this act with warmth and kindness, using her inner fire to make you feel secure and safe revealing yourself. At this Gemini New Moon, you can learn about the potential that you hold within you. You can learn to be self-assured and luminous like the Queen of Wands.

Mary-El Tarot deck

How can I integrate this lesson into my experience?- The Moon
There is something mysterious and unknowable about this process of self-realization and self-actualization. Where does your “yourness” reside? What makes you “you”? Why can’t you transform into someone else? Your only option is to come more fully into yourself, to be more authentic, to be more confident, to be more you. The Moon asks you to use your intuition and explore the area of your subconscious in order to access your inner Queen of Wands. The Moon is your secret place, your inner realm, your hidden side that you want to keep away from the world. It’s your dark side of the moon, never brought into the light. What purpose does all the secrecy serve? This Gemini moon cycle asks you to reveal yourself, to go within, shine a light, and emerge from that darkest of places in order to show up in this lifetime. You cannot show up for your life and really experience it when you are expending so much energy hiding your true self. Use the light of the Moon, the energy of the Moon, the intuition of the moon, to allow yourself to become more fuller yourself during this cycle.

Mary-El Tarot deck

What secret does Gemini have to share with me now?- 8 of Discs
In this card we see an image of the binary world, of two sides coming together, of the Twins of Gemini standing together but never touching. In the space between these two pillars of energy there is an innocent and pure lamb. This lamb represents you. It represents your ability to be more than one thing, to have more than one side, to be multi-faceted, and exist in the space between. The space between is balance, it is truth, and it is honest. This space is also light and airy, just like Gemini. It isn’t heavy or dark, but free and transformational. You can exist in a lighter and freer space when you give up the cultural mandate to pick sides, to see things in black and white, or to choose either/or. What if you chose both? This Gemini New Moon is an opportunity to explore the riddle of what exists outside of opposites, or what happens when you don’t take sides, and how you can choose more than one option if you use your creativity.

I hope you enjoyed this tarot reading for the New Moon in Gemini. I hope it generates a desire to do some deep thinking. Gemini energy is great for thinking! Use all those brilliant thoughts to explore something totally irrational, like intuition. This world we live in is not as black and white and binary as we have come to accept. Accept nothing! Question everything! That will make for an interesting month ahead with the powerful insight and creativity of Gemini on your side.

Reflections on the Archetype of Strength

I picked Strength as my word of the year for 2018. It is more than just a word to me though, it is a whole archetype. It contains so much more than just one word or idea. Today, I’m going to write a little bit about what I think Strength means, how I’m working with it this year, and how you too can draw on the energy of Strength when you need a boost of energy, confidence, and stamina.

Shadowscapes Tarot

First and foremost, working with Strength for me is about building confidence. Strength is an energy that you can channel to prop yourself up when you need confidence, courage, and stamina. I know I often need more of that type of energy in my life. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted. Calling on Strength reminds me that I have deep reserves of inner fortitude, and that I can endure my challenges. In fact, I can do more than endure my challenges, I can blossom, grow, and build myself up throughout the process of confronting obstacles, roadblocks, and setbacks in my path.

Strength is also about perseverance and fortitude. It is the ability to just keep going even when I am worn out, struggling, or just plain tired to the bone. I have deep reserves of energy meant specifically for the areas of my life that are most important to me. If I really want something, if it really lights me up inside and gives me purpose, I will find a way to make myself keep going and strive. It’s easy to pinpoint the things that aren’t part of my life purpose, because there is just no energy or perseverance for completing them. When I don’t follow through on these things, I don’t feel deeply unsatisfied and disappointed. When something doesn’t get done and it doesn’t show up again at another time for a second chance at tackling it, it just wasn’t part of my ultimate path.

Strength means I don’t give up when things get tough, instead I dig deep and I find deeper answers and meaning because of that struggle and exhaustion. We are all trying to avoid pain and suffering, isn’t that only natural? But what else is natural is the meaning and purpose we derive from pushing through and doing the hard and difficult things that make us so uncomfortable. It’s in the pain and discomfort and feat that the story of purpose unfolds. When we are channeling Strength it’s easier to hear those messages of meaning. When we  ask Strength for assistance on something that doesn’t actually resonate with our soul purpose, Strength just kind of ignores us and no surge of endurance emerges to allow us to keep going. Working with Strength is working with our intuition.

Sometimes we do breakdown though. Sometimes we reach exhaustion, we fail, we shut down, we go into overdrive and burn out. In that moment, there is also a profound connection to Strength. Life tests us in excruciating ways simply to connect us to that extraordinary Strength we each hold within ourselves. It’s painful but it’s not wrong and we don’t have to suffer through it. We can lean into the pain, wrapped in the knowledge of our Strength, knowing we’ll pull through. This isn’t the end, it is simply a resting point.

Strength is not brute forth, it is endurance, it is the long run, it creates energy even as we are on our last legs, propelling us just a few steps farther. Strength is the tortoise, not the hare. Strength may even appear to crumple or stop or stagnate but she is just resting, and the resting point is crucial and beautiful. There is a subtle growth in the rest that indicates almost inpercetible continuation of movement. You can still feel that movement within you if you tune into that enduring vibration of Strength that is always pulsing in your center.

The Wild Unknown Tarot

Strength is also about control, aware of creating her life in collaboration with Fate. Fate is not running the show, but rather works in harmony with our shifting interpretations and perceptions of our reality. Strength allows you to be conscious and awake to the reactions you have to Fate. You can decide how you interpret and live in life’s troubles and problems. Strength allows you to choose your own reality, to decide how to react to the world around you. When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? Do you look for the silver lining? Do you treat misfortune as an opportunity to learn something, a lesson buried within? Strength allows you to entertain the prospect that everything happens for a reason. She also allows you to accept that you’ll probably never know that reason and just have to believe and have faith.

Strength is acceptance but she is also your internal badass who totally has your back, massaging your shoulders in the corner of the ring, “Now go out there and fight!” Most of the fight is just against yourself, the little voice of doubt in your head, “You are bad at this. You have nothing to offer. No one will understand you. People will misunderstand, misinterpret, and twist your words and then BLAME you for their mistakes. You will cause mistakes. You are not good enough.” Blah, blah, blah! That little voice could go on for days but Strength is the angel on your shoulder whispering that, “You are good enough. You are worthy. Your uniqueness is a gift. You can grow. You are ready. We are all one. People want to hear from you. You can do it.” She is really good at being the cheerleader and being the coach.

I have many more things I could say about Strength, but that is going to be all for today 🙂 I hope you connect deeply with your inner Strength whenever you need it! Did you pick a word of the year? Care to share?

Tarot Blog Hop: Teaching Connection through Tarot

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Welcome to the Beltane Tarot Blog Hop! Beltane marks the beginning of summer, the waxing of the sun, the beauty of fertile Earth coming fully to life to nourish us all. It is just wonderfully beginning to get hot here in Nashville, which is a delight that it has held off this long. I’m so excited that you have hopped over to my blog and are (mildly) interested to read my response to this hop’s theme question: “What can I teach the world?” I’d like to teach the world the benefits of tarot. 

The other day, an inquisitive person asked me, “How is a tarot reading useful?” I didn’t hesitate in my passionate answer, “The time of a tarot readings is a wonderful and needed opportunity to sit down, take a breathe, and think about your life. During this time you don’t have to do anything. You are taking stock of what happened in the past, what is currently happening in your life, and where it is all heading. You get a quiet period to contemplate your big picture and ask yourself, “Do I like how things are going? Do I want to alter my path? What choices can I make to create the life I desire?” This time spent consulting with your intuition can set you up to make big moves in a conscious direction.”

We all need that time to pause, even if we are cruising at full speed towards amazing results. The society I find myself a part of is all go, go, go! Even yoga has become a workout and time in the car is for massively consuming podcasts at 1.5x speed (I can’t handle either of those things, but I know that they are popular!) The time of a tarot reading opens up a space to slow down. All electronic devices can be shut off and put away. The analog, physical, and beautiful nature of the cards brings a sensual pleasure to a tarot reading. You can pick of the cards, you can look into your tarot readers eyes, you can take the opportunity to have a real, meaningful conversation. 

Lately, I’ve become really interested in honest and open conversations about real life. Usually, I find myself having social interactions that are pretty superficial, discussing the weather, or TV shows, or what my dog is up to these days. There is a need within me, and one I see reflected in other people I meet under the right circumstances, to have deeper conversations. I want to talk about creativity, love, the meaning of life, and the mystery of the Universe. I want to talk about the emotional and mental patterns that have gotten us where we am now and the changes we would like to make to grow. I want to talk about the risks we are all taking to get out of our comfort zones, and what is guiding us through that risk taking process.

A tarot reading is a great time to have a conversation about what scary risks are being avoided or resisted. I enjoy reading so much, because it gives me an “excuse” to have a meaningful conversation with another human being, the type of conversation I always want to be having. The tarot cards gives us both something to focus on during that conversation to ease into what can be an awkward or scary opening up of the soul’s desires. Of course, the other magical part of the reading is the 2 cents that the Universe adds to a tarot reading. So often, the cards we draw reveal or uncover what part Fate is playing in life. The experience and reaction to that awareness of Fate can be life altering. It gives a chance to work with Fate, to make choices with the Universe in mind, to shape your own Destiny.

I hope you continue along the tarot blog hop to encounter the next wonderful teaching…

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Allowing Yourself to Soar with the Page of Swords

You are the Page of Swords, bursting with ideas and thoughts, ready to take flight and soar to great heights of understanding. At the same time, you know that you must start where you are at now. You can’t skip ahead to a time when you know everything, you must first go through the learning process of gaining wisdom, little by little, day by day. Sometimes you will make progress in fits in starts, sometimes you will backtrack, sometimes you will go astray. The Page of Swords calls that a thrill, sees it as the facts of reality, and continues on undaunted, always active mentally and sharping that wit…

Key West, Florida, USA

 

Keywords: mentally active, talkative, communicative, curious, questioning, exploring, acting out thoughts, enthusiastic

Reversed:  unsure of thoughts, doubtful, anxious, worried, uncommunicative, distant, unwilling to learn, shy, reserved

 

The Page of Swords carries is an enthusiastic, vibrant energy of openness to ideas and the willingness to act on those ideas. This card may represent you in the reading, or it could be a person that is influencing your life at this time. The Page of Swords knows how to soar, to pick up on a thought or an idea and take off with it. There is a freshness and a newness to your thoughts at this time that makes you want to just fly away with them and see where they take you. It’s almost guileless and innocent, this quest to figure things out and explore new concepts and constructs. You are willing to allow various updrafts and errant winds to push you hither and thither and can actually enjoy a measure of uncertainty when it comes to a final destination.

You have this conception that you are doing a good job of learning your lessons and can therefore integrate each piece of knowledge you accumulate into your life as you go. Each piece of the puzzle you uncover adds depth of understanding to your life. This process of learning and integrating is challenging but fun for you. As each new idea is fleshed out and processed and analyzed, you come into greater wisdom that you can apply to your life situation. It feels like your life is expanding and you can see a larger part of the whole.

It’s not all clear sailing though, as there are many things left to learn and clouds that will get in your way. You can’t quite see everything you want to see, and this inability to grasp the entire picture can be frustrating. There is a tension of impatience and wanting to get on with it already. The temptation to fly higher than you are ready to is tempting and can get you into situations which are way over your head at this point. It can be difficult to start where you are at, but that is really the only way to learn. There is no shame in not understanding or being able to do something that it has taken your teachers a long time to master. You can be the pupil now, you can let someone else be the master.

The Page of Swords loves to communicate. Now is a great time to write and speak more with the new people you meet. You can also start sharing your new ideas with people you already know, or decide to start communicating differently. Perhaps in the past you haven’t be very forthcoming or articulate when it comes to talking to other people about what is in or on your mind. This could be a great time to shake up that scenario and start to open yourself to sharing. This can also be applied to networking. Oftentimes, we need to get out fresh ideas in front of the right people at the right time. The Page of Swords energy boosts you up to express yourself and start talking up your ideas out in public.

Page of Swords reversed:
When you draw this card in the reversed orientation, it can show that you are feeling a bit closed off from possibility. You may even be falling into the trap of thinking that everything is impossible, you’re stuck, that there is no way forward. When you direct your energy inward with the Page of Swords reversed, you finds fault with logic and ways of thinking. You figure that since you does know one thing, than you can deduce nothing from your situation. When the Page of Swords reversed allows for nothing besides the idea that all thoughts are shallow, unformed, and wrong, you get quite down about the state of your mental affairs. You can’t move forward with the kind of openness and willingness to explore that is in your best interest at this time.

Right now, you think that you need to know more before you can take action. You have too much to learn and are overwhelmed with the process and the mountain of things you need to know before you will be “ready”. You think it’s desirable to stay in your comfort zone of what little you do know, and not take any risks to go out exploring. This is akin to a bird staying on the ground because it has never flown before. Remember that you have wings, remember that your brain is capable of learning so much more, remember that you have to jump and free fall before you can figure out the next step. That is your nature as a human. That is your reality. It’s imperative that you push yourself to try harder when you see the Page of Swords reversed in a reading. Your current mode is to stay safe, but not pushing yourself won’t get you to your goal.

The reversed Page of Swords may be a person in your life that you desperately want to help to take flight. She or he seems so stuck and you’re willing to take those necessary steps in order for her/him to grow. You’ll do the hard work in order to nurture and protect this gentle soul. That’s not how it works, though! Your special person has to do the work, has to make the effort, has to leave the old comfort zone. You can’t grow for someone else. You have to stand back and let that person learn and understand on his/her own terms and in his/her own time.

Going the Distance: 5 Tarot Card for a Happy Marriage

Love, love, love! Okay, you may have noticed that it is not February anymore, the month of love. So sorry, I never seem to end up blogging as much as I intend to in a given month. The good news is that there is no end to the ideas and topics I have for blog posts, so even if I don’t write a bunch to share with you every month, I will never stop sputtering them out every now and again. Love is love, and it is a wonderful thing to think about and read about any month of the year. Am I right?!

I hear a lot of advice about the importance of consistency when blogging. It helps your audience know what’s coming and stick around to read on a regular basis. I just want to let you know that I appreciate you, even if I don’t blog consistently, and for everyone who hangs around regardless of my blog release schedule, I love you! I do send out my newsletter consistently each New Moon, so sign up for that!

Now, let’s talk about the tarot cards that show in up a reading for those long term relationships that end up culminating in a blissful union!

Rider Waite Smith Tarot: IV of Wands, III of Cups, The Lovers, The World, X of Cups

First off, I’ve chosen the IV of Wands. This card is about milestones, those big, life-defining events that come around and rock your world every once in a while. What would you call getting married besides a momentous milestone?! I love seeing the IV of Wands show up in a reading anytime, as it is such a celebratory and joyful card, but when you’re looking for information or advice about a relationship, pulling this card will surely put a smile upon a reader’s face. In the image above from the Rider Waite Smith tarot, we see two lavishly dressed and decorated people, cheering you to come join them under four Wands which look like a traditional Jewish wedding chuppah. The imagery itself is suggestive of a wedding and that is always a good sign if you’re wondering whether it’s time to pop the question.

IV of Wands Shadowscapes Tarot

The IV of Wands also stands for harmony within a union, meaning that two people will come together to form a beautiful blend of complementary attributes. This will be a peaceful and loving relationship, bringing you a sense of tranquility that the search is over and you can transition into a new phase of your life. The IV number shows that this relationship is one in which you can build a stable home, a home where you can express yourself freely and each grow as individuals, as well as grow as a couple. There will be acceptance and space given when changes occur, because we all are changing every day and that is a wonderful thing to share with another human being. In the beginning of a marriage, it is a great time to acknowledge and discuss this fact of constant development and growth. Make a pact that you each will be constant and stable for each other, while still allowing that you each will be different people as the relationship and time progresses.

Next up we have the III of Cups, which in the Rider Waite Smith deck above shows a trio of merry women toasting their Cups of love while dancing. This looks like the kind of wedding I would like to be at! There are deep emotions with the Cups cards, and the building of a solid foundation with the 3 aspect. At a wedding the happy new couple shares food and drink with all their guests as a symbol of the bounty of their union. This card comes up when you’re planning a lavish wedding, or even a simple supper, but definitely an event where everyone walks away with full bellies and happy hearts. It will be a day when people can put their troubles aside and focus on all the happiness and love that life has to offer. This a positive and lovely card to draw as you plan a ceremony and reception that will leave you, your partner, and everyone in attendance in a state of harmony and joy.

III of Cups Wild Unknown Tarot

The III of Cups represents a union at which friends and family come together to form a larger unit. There is community building and sharing, aspects of any marriage at which two families are brought together to create one family. Friendship groups will also be joined, which nowadays can be almost more important than the bringing together of families. When you marry a person, you marry their whole family and community. The III of Cups shows that circle of people surrounding your union and blessing it with their love and acceptance. It is also a reminder to always find the fun in your relationship. As you spend the rest of your lives together, think back to the excitement of your wedding and keep that memory of good times, dancing, and celebrating near to your heart.

Of course, I have to include The Lovers in the list of tarot cards that signify a wedding or other sacred celebration. The Lovers is the ultimate card of union, the joining of opposites, and the combining of values. In any marriage you want to feel like you are channeling the energy of The Lovers on your wedding day. Many people get married in June, the 6th month of the year, which corresponds with card VI The Lovers. There is an energy of combining and aligning with this card. It is important to know what your own personal values are as an individual and then to explore and question whether your personal belief system is able to combined with the personal belief system of another person. You’re committing to taking life’s journey with another person and will need to make choices as a unit to live that journey together. Hopefully, you did all of that exploration while you were dating and now that the marriage is imminent you have a sense of peace and excitement that your shared values will carry you forward throughout your marriage.

The Lovers
Linestrider Tarot

The Lovers is also about passion and romance, so it is a wonderful card to see for a wedding because it is not only about true love, but also romantic and sexual compatibility. Your attraction goes beyond lust and gratification and takes on the deeper level of soul fulfillment. Our soul’s have these human bodies for a reason and a marriage promises to fulfill that sexual need throughout your life.

Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of separation. It is so hard for us to see that we are all made of the same stuff and we’re all connected as one. Love makes it easy to see that connection, to feel oneness with another human being, and to tear down the walls of separation that are constructions of our egoic minds. The Lovers is symbolic of physical as well as emotional unity and it is THE card you want to see when you’re considering an upcoming marriage proposal or wedding.

Next up we have The World, which is a card of culmination. The World indicates the space between an ending and a beginning when everything is connecting and finishing, while simultaneously recycling and starting anew. A marriage is the end of a courtship, the climax of a romance that has lead to this point when two people decide they want to spend the rest of their lives together. It is also the beginning of a new chapter in that romance, when they begin the cycle of growth together again. Marriage is an example of one of life’s most beautiful cycles, one that most of look forward to experiencing.

Rider Waite Smith tarot

There is a deep sense of accomplishment with The World. Finding your person, falling in love, and committing to a lifetime together was quite a task. Now you can celebrate and rejoice, dance as the woman in Rider Waite Smith deck does in her wreath in the sky. You envisioned this happy time and now it is finally here. Try to be present and appreciate your wedding, if you can 🙂 You may find that you feel more whole, more complete, and that you understand your place in the world a little bit better. Your marriage provides wholeness with your spouse but also with your combined families joining into something greater. Lastly, The World is a sign that a honeymoon abroad could be in the works as this can be a card about world travel. Make sure your passport is current!

The last card I have to suggest that denotes a happy marriage when it comes up in a reading is the X of Cups. This is the happily ever after card. In the Rider Waite Smith depiction we see two figures holding each other and gazing at a rainbow of Cups in the sky, in front of them dance their children in the pasture by their lovely little home. This is the white picket fence, the 2 kids (a boy and a girl, of course!), the perfect home, the sharing of emotions and love. This is what we imagine marriage will be like when we are growing up and dreaming about falling in love. It can be a sign that you are seeing the world with rose-tinted glasses, so a little reality check might be in order. You aren’t just imagining all of this happiness, are you!?

Rider Waite Smith tarot

I don’t want this introspection to come across as a buzzkill, but rather as an opportunity to explore all the feelings you are having about and with your partner. Sit down and have this dream together, envision your happiest future, share your wildest dreams. This mutual sharing can create a strong and lasting bond as you near your wedding knowing that you have a mutual vision of your future together. When your values are in alignment, you will be able to act in loving support and appreciation of your spouse. The X of Cups suggests you do the work of aligning your visions, connecting your hearts, and making a real life together. Now is the perfect time to indulge in some fantasy about how you can continue to love and support each other the rest of your days!

I hope you enjoyed this little exploration into 5 tarot cards that I think indicate a happy marriage in the works, when they come up in a reading. What cards do you think of when you imagine the perfect cards to draw for a happy marriage?

Spreading Peace with the New Moon in Pisces, March 17, 2018

Happy New Moon in Pisces!! It’s that time of month again when we take a moment to set intentions on how we are going to reach our goals for the month ahead. I like to believe that life is about growth, and we can all grow each month, little by little. Nothing is stagnant, even a down cycle, fallow period, or time of decay is setting the stage for continued growth in the future. It can be hard to accept these times of small action or even backwards type progress, but these times are so necessary.

With the New Moon in Pisces this decay can bring healing and reconnection. Pisces energy makes hidden growth a little bit easier to allow. We more naturally accept that roots are growing down while nothing much is happening on the surface. Pisces integrates with the whole, seeing how everything is connected and whatever is happening in your life is exactly what needs to be happening for you to live your life purpose. There is much creative energy, intuitive energy, and use of your imagination. Setting intentions that focus or bring in these types of energy will facilitate your progress towards your goals this month. Let’s ask the tarot how we can connect with Pisces to set powerful intentions for the month ahead!

Linestrider Tarot: Wheel of Fortune rx, II of Cups rx, IX of Swords

What aspects of my creativity or intuition need to be expressed this month?-
Wheel of Fortune rx
The Wheel of Fortune reversed is an interesting card to receive as guidance for expressing our creativity and delving into our intuition this month. It is calling us to trust. It is inviting us to believe. How do you use your intuition this month? By being intuitive. It doesn’t sound like much of an answer, you shouldn’t use the word in the definition of the word, but this is what the tarot has to offer us. The Wheel of Fortune reversed points towards that downward cycle, that decay, that hidden growth that happens in the dark, in the subconscious, outside of our understanding. We must intuitive trust and believe in that cyclical energy of our lives.

What creative ways can you express your subconscious? You could try writing your thoughts without structure, in a free flow. You could paint or draw without a subject, just whatever is in your soul to create. You could record your dreams or make them into a song or dance. The point of any of this creative action is to release what is no longer working for you. Pisces energy allows transition, out with the old patterns and ways of doing things, thinking your thoughts, and feelings your emotions. When you let go of those patterns it brings change, and we all know change is hard. The Wheel of Fortune reversed invites us into that difficult process of transition, but you can proceed with the full knowledge that after you release the old, you make room for the new. Utilize your artistic and creative outlets, whatever speaks to you this month, to help that transition, to process your thoughts, feelings, and physical patterns.

How can I heal my pains and fears by confronting them?- II of Cups rx
The II of Cups is concerned with relationships of all kinds: romantic, familiar, friendships, coworkers, acquaintances, strangers passing by on the street.  We are in relationship with everyone we come in contact with and acknowledging that connection is important. So often we put up barriers between ourselves and other people. We think we need to protect ourselves from anger or sad people. We think that we’ll never see a certain person again so why put in the effort to be kind. We’re afraid that our kindness will be ignored, or worse, rejected and met with hostility, so we don’t even try.

These are the pains and fears that we need to address this month ahead with Pisces. We need to work on being more open, gentle, and loving in our relationships with other people, animals, plants, and our environment in general. When we confront our fear of openness and allow our barriers to come down, the interactions and relationships we foster fill our lives with joy and happiness. It’s okay to have boundaries, deciding who you allow into your life and who gets turned away at the gate, but there is a big difference between an impenetrable wall around your heart and a permeable barrier that lets in the light that others have to share with you. The II of Cups reversed reminds us not to be closed off to allow people to filter into our worlds.

What do I have to offer or contribute to the wholeness of the planet?- IX of Swords
The IX of Swords represents doubts and anxieties, and while I don’t think they are particularly wonderful things that you can contribute to the health and wellbeing of the planet, I do think your awareness of what negative thoughts and emotions you are putting into the world is vital. We each need to be conscious of the energy that we are projecting into our environments. We want to take accountability for the vibrations that we are exuding, so that we can be aware and make adjustments if the energy we’re putting out there is making a situation worse.

If we can’t control our emotions or negative thoughts, the best thing for each of us to do is remove ourselves from the situation. Give the emotion time and space to dissipate and get back into a place of calm and peace. Coming at a problem from a place of fear never yields the kind of expansive and joyful results that we are looking for or wish on anyone else. The IX of Swords asks us each to take responsibility for our energy, be awake and aware to our fears and anxieties so that we aren’t unconsciously subjecting others to our negativity and bringing more people into fear with us.

I hope you enjoyed this New Moon in Pisces reading and found some inspiring advice and guidance for setting your intentions for the month ahead. This month, I intend to practice utilizing my intuition by doing more tarot readings and spending time in meditation. I intend to use my creativity by sewing tarot bags, collaging cards for my friends, writing morning pages, and editing photographs. I intend to confront my fear of relationships with other people by sharing compliments, waving to strangers while walking the dog, and writing emails to friends who I haven’t seen in years. I intend to contribute to the health of the planet by taking my recycling to the recycling center, volunteering at the humane society, and doing animal advocacy work. I intend to go forward with light and love in my heart, confronting my fear and negavity by holding space for it instead of indulging in escapism. What about you!? What are your intentions for the month ahead?