Hello anyone out there! I want to both get some more routine content on here and practice my Tarot skills. So I’m going to be posting entries from my Tarot journal. Normally, that is a idiosyncratic group of notes and abbreviations. However, it’s time to get it out in the open.
I’m going to start here, below the image, with a pre-Beltane spread I did for myself. This is pretty early for Beltane, yes, but given the business of my work schedule, I get my balls rolling ahead of time 😛
But first, some words about my Tarot practice.
I have a few decks, but I only use the Golden Tarot by Kat Black. I got it as a Christmas/Yule gift and thought it was just going to be for display, because surely I need nothing other than Rider-Waite. HAH! I thought wrong.
Black’s Golden Tarot is composed of digital collages from various (European) late medieval/Renaissance paintings. I know this iconography like the back of my hand! So this speaks to me. Actually no, it shouts. I call this the “ton of bricks” Tarot because it is not subtle. I am startled by how close some of the cards hit, and how additional meanings pop up later.
How I pull cards
Normally, I shuffle 3 times, cut the deck, and pull 3 cards. This can be past/present/future, problem/solution/roadblock, where I am now/where I want to be/where I’m going, etc. Or sometimes it’s 3 cards because it’s 3 cards.
I do work with inverted cards, but I don’t consider them automatic negatives. Lately, especially w/ inverted Kings, I’ve been thinking of them as “someone” trying to get my attention.
I do this in a quiet place when the house is tranquil. This generally means early morning or late at night,.
When I pull 3 cards, I put them face down. Generally, I don’t bother with a special mat or textile. I’ve done this at my desk, the kitchen table, my bed, and so on.
I then turn them over left to right, taking a moment to look at each as they are revealed. Who is it, if major arcana. What suit? What number or role, if minor arcana. When I get all three uncovered, then I dig deep. What patterns do I see? Are there a lot of similar suits? Are there multiple men or women? And this goes beyond the figures to the background and setting. What are the landscapes like, what blocks of color do I notice? How are people positioned? Then I hit the guidebook for the “official” meanings.
There are a few cards that I give a wink to, old friends with special meaning like the King of Cups (my husband) or the High Priestess (not sure who, but she pops up a lot). The King of Coins is a new fave, and the 8 of coins gentleman visits a lot. The Star has also been notable as of late.
As long as I feel I need to, I look at the details of each card and try to form a narrative. I then record this on my iPad and consider how these cards interact with the reason for the pull. Many times it’s really plain, so I say thank you, reshuffle, and put them away. Sometimes I’m perplexed, so I pull 3 more cards regarding the puzzling one. If it still doesn’t make sense at this point, then I thank, shuffle, and store. Then I go off to do something else and let my entire brain work on it.
I didn’t have a question, per se, but I wanted to get a little perspective a I head towards Beltane. So I kept ideas of fertility, desire, and growth in my head as I shuffled and pulled. I decided to make my spread the “bonfire”. Instead of past/present/future, I went with fuel, and pulled 3 more as “Flames”. 4 cards – nervy! For some reason it felt right. Also, I used stones, too this time. I have never tried that before. L-R amethysts, quartz & labradorite, moonstones.
The first card was the fuel: upright K of wands.
The other 3 were flames, upright 5 cups, star, inv 10 cups
The following are my rough notes – I am still “chewing” on this spread”, so this may alter.
The fuel is a man, already on fire, powerful, calculating. Seems a bit nefarious, but he us holding a leafy branch. His eyes are on those leaves, growth. There is fire in the background of this card. What is the flame? The flame is oxidation, a reaction. What is being burnt off? The despair and cynicism of the cups cards. Normally 10 cups is so positive, but it is still ok when inverted. Just means caution. The King has a pointed look on his face – what’s the point?
The highest point is the star, she shows a controlled change (pitchers), but also loyalty (3 dogs) quiet industry (cottage), growth (plants), and some whimsy (mermaid)
None for now! I’m still turning this over. It’s intriguing, but I may need to think more on it and of course write more.