With the multiple cases civil unrest in the US and other places around the world, people who have never had an interest in anything dealing with government to start to care more about their community and get more involved with the issues that will affect them and the people they care about. More and more, I'm getting questions like, "How can I help?" and "What is my place in this new changing world?". So I decided to create a simple spread that can help us all figure out what we can do to contribute to the global society in a positive way.
Now I want to mention that contributing your community can be big or small. We all do not need to volunteer for Doctors without Borders or the Peace Corps (but if you do that is totally awesome) to make a difference.
In order to do this reading, you are going to want to separate your major arcana cards from your minor arcana cards.
The way I look at the suits when it comes to this subject as follows:
Major Arcana- Interpret each card as you usually would and use your intuition to help you figure out what that might mean to you as it relates to the community.
Wands-Action (attending meetings, becomes part of community action committees, etc.,)
Cups-Helping on a small scale (Helping neighbors, friends, caring for others)
Pentacles-Using your creativity and/or skills to further issues you care about
Swords-Writing and speaking
Position 1: I would pick between 1-3 issues to get involved with, that way you don't get to overwhelmed. I would recommend you do a different reading for each issue.
Position 2,3,4- Create a full storyline using the cards. The best thing about the tarot is that it spans the spectrum of life, hitting all the important aspects so you can't really go wrong asking a question like this.
The whole reason this spread is so short is because volunteering and getting involved in your community should be simple and accessible.
We all do not need to volunteer for Doctors without Borders or the Peace Corps (but if you do that is totally awesome) to make a difference. So go get to it and let's all work together to make things better.
So if you have ever been unemployed for more than a month, and were struggling to find a job, you will understand the complete and total panic attack which is transitioning from job to job. Even though you know you have it, it's still an odd feeling being in limbo. Plus, the feeling of not really being "anywhere" makes you feel that unemployment anxiety again. This is something I am going through right now. I have never actually voluntarily left a job except when I was in high school, and even then I remember having this feeling like I had no idea what I was doing and I was super unsure of what was going to happen next. I also have been at my current job for a while and while I love my co-workers, I don't really enjoy my job but have been too scared to leave. Finally I got the guts to start looking and an awesome opportunity to do something totally out of my comfort zone arose. So now I am transitioning into a specialty I have never worked in but have always been of interest to me and trust me, I'm nervous. I'm also excited, terrified, and hopeful that this will be something I will enjoy. So to calm myself down, I decided to take out my trusty tarot deck and create a spread to help me calm my anxiety and maybe to help you too!
1. Central Theme
2 & 3- How can you move through this transition smoothly?
3. What will this new job give to you?
4.What will you bring to this job?
5. What lessons will it teach you?
6. What might change about you?
I hope this helps will your nerves the way it helped me!
It is that time of the year folks. Everything is covered in hearts from head to toe and you know on February 14th you will be receiving and/or giving a gift to your boo. Or will you? In addition to be one of the most "romantic" days of the year, it is also one the most common days to break up. Is the one your with really the one? Is this relationship really benefiting the both of you? I gave created a spread just so you can look over and examine your relationship and see where you are.
Positions 1 & 2- Pick Court Cards that best represent you and your partner's personality. You will be in position 1, your partner in position 2.
Position 3- How you TRULY feel about the current state of the relationship. Many times we lie to ourselves or look at how things used to be "so good". It is difficult to really express our true feelings (sometimes even to ourselves) about what is really going on and how we really feel.
Position 4- How your partner feels about the current state of the relationship. Same story here. Sometimes it can be very hard for people to listen to how they truly feel.
Position 5-Where you see the relationship going.
Position 6-Where your partner sees this relationship going.
Position 7-What do you think you might need to change to be happy/stay happy in the relationship
Position 8- What do you think your partner might need to change to be happy/stay happy in the relationship
Position 9- Outcome.
Finally Spring has arrived! We welcome it with opened arms here on the East Coast of the US, after the long and very cold winter. As most of us know, Spring is a time for renewals and the birth of new beginnings. It is also time for a nice good clean of the house to get rid all of that build up from Winter. So in addition to cleaning our homes, why don't we clean up our lives? Our relationships? This is a great time to start anew and get rid of all the clutter in our lives. So I made a tarot spread just for that!
1. What do I want to give birth to this spring?
2. What do I need to do to make that come to life?
3. What is not serving me anymore? (3 Cards)
4. What do I need to do to let go of these things (2 cards)
5. What secrets are holding me back?
6. What will I learn from this experience?
Use this spread to find out how you can clear out your spiritual and emotional closet and get ready for this new season in your life! Hope you enjoy this one!
Welcome to Dread Spread #3, the Redemption Song Spread! This spread is dedicated to my favorite singer, Bob Marley! Today is his birthday and I wanted to make a spread that reminded me of him. Redemption song reminds us to stand up for ourselves, make changes and be an impact in the world. So this spread is all about us using helping ourselves or helping others to figure out how to be the person we want to be.
The first thing your going to do is split your deck into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The cards do not have to be in order, just separated. Now, we are going to channel out inner Carl Jung and for the first card for "Where you are/current situation" you can either shuffle the major arcana cards and pick a card that way, or you can pick a significator from the major arcana cards. Which ever you want, it's up to you. This card is telling you where you are you now. Once you've done that, you are going to once again look through you major arcana cards and pick the card that represents where you want to go. You looking to get to a place where things are hopeful and light? You may pick the Star. Looking for a complete change? You may pick Death and so on. Once you pick, put that card at the bottom of the spread.
Now shuffle the minor arcana cards and take out 9 cards and lay them down 3 by 3 as depicted. The 9 minor arcana cards in the middle are cards that are going to guide you on your "path to redemption" (got it?). So the first line of issues or challenges are things that you may be going through now or things that are about to come up for you. The second line is the issues that are coming up next. This line is critical, and represents the hardest part of your journey to redemption. You may notice that these cards might be a little more negative than the others. This is because after recognizing you have a problem, facing it and pushing through are the rough parts. Lastly, is third line, is the healing work you need to do. Really examine this part and ask what those specific cards mean to you now you are at the end of your journey.
This spread is completely meant for you or your client to take a hard look at what work needs to be done for you to get where you want to be.
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Position 1- What is the most important thing my ancestors want me to know right now?
Position 2- How can honor my ancestors?
Position 3- How can my ancestors assist me?
Position 4- Problem
Position 5- What can I do to fix my issue?
Position 6- Outcome
Use this spread anytime you want to get some more wisdom from your ancestors! What holiday do you celebrate? How do you honor your ancestors? Let me know!
Ever seen those skulls that are all cute with a rainbow assortment of colors pained all over them? Some times they are called Sugar Skulls? Well do you know anything about where they originally came from? You might have heard a little about the Mexican holiday called Dia de Los Muertos or the English translation, Day of the Dead. This holiday originated with the Aztecs, but then was celebrated in the 9th month which would have been August for them. When the Spanish came and introduced Catholicism, they aligned their traditional holiday to be celebrated with the Catholic holiday. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated on from October 31st to November 2nd. Yes! I bet you didn't know it was a three-day celebration! November 1st is the Dia de Los Angelitos (Day of Dead Children) and November 2nd is for the adults. These dates all correlate with the Roman Catholic holidays of All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd), Halloween and the Celtic holiday of Samhain (October 31-November 1st, sunset to sunset). While may cultures already have similar holidays like this that are celebrated during different times of the year, this once purely Mexican holiday has spread to many cultures which didn't and now they have their own Day of the Dead celebrations.
The Aztecs believed that death was just a continuation of life, but in a different world. So during this time, people celebrate the dead and honor those who have passed before us, believing on these days they come back to roam the earth and celebrate their lives with us. They build altars to give offerings of food, toys for the children, wine, flowers and other delights of life.
I thought this would be a great time for us all to honor our ancestors with Tarot! Our ancestors can and want to help us and share their wisdom with us. This spread is great if you have a particular issue you want to ask them about:
Starting my own tarot business has given me more of an appreciation for people who have to gull pursue their dreams and create something original. So about a year and a half ago, I learned about the website, Kickstarter.com, through one of my favorite lifestyle blogs and thought it was an awesome idea! I thought they only funded movies, books and new inventions and then I saw this beautiful tarot deck called The Tarot Of Delphi! This is a deck was created by Janet D.H. Hinkel, a non-fiction writer and art lover. On the side of the box it describes the deck as "A fine art tarot deck illustrated with authentic Victorian and Edwardian art from 1838 to 1913". When you look at the deck you get the feeling you are transported back to the Greco-Roman times. The deck was fully funded by backers on Kickstarter back in December 2013 and those of us who ordered the deck recently received it.
First up, The packaging (5 Stars):
The box that the Tarot of Delphi came in is nice and sturdy. Most people who receive a new deck like this want to get tarot bags and boxes (some of which are available on her website) to protect the cards. But with this box if you don't want to you don't have to. On the front of box, the High Priestess card is depicted. You see her sitting on a high stool holding what looks like a shell in one hand and a branch in another. Smoke is rising from the ground underneath her and she seems to be taking in the aroma. This is a picture of the The Priestess of Delphi by John Collier in 1891. On the back of the box, all the artist of all the different paintings are given credit.
The Booklet and Deck (5 Stars):
The booklet is a small 66-page booklet that includes the description of the painting and key words of what the card represents in the Tarot deck. The card stock is very good and sturdy and it does not look like the cards will rip and tear easily. There are 79 cards in this deck. There are the traditional 78 cards with an alternate Empress card. It is amazing how each card has kept it's vivid color and effect after being printed. Looking at the deck you really do get the feeling you are in a museum. It is also very neat the Ms. Hinkel was able to find a painting that is a pretty accurate representation of the card in the original Rider-Waite deck. As stated on the Tarot of Delphi website, Ms. Hinkel has changed some of the names of the cards in the Major Arcana. "In the trumps, the Wheel of Fortune has become the Threads of Fate; Hanged Man is The Asundered One (Orpheus); The Devil, The Siren; The Tower, The Shipwreck; and The World, The Garden (of the mythical Hesperides)". The suits stay true to the original Rider-Waite style with cups, wands, swords and coins. The court cards names are changed to the Devotee (Page), the Artisan (Knights), the Hero (Queens) and the Enchantress (Kings). Some of my favorite cards are the Ten of Swords, all the Enchantresses and both of the Empress cards.
Practical use (5 Stars): This deck is definitely a deck that you can use for yourself and/or your clients. I myself am excited to use this deck with my clients and see the look on their faces when they see this beautiful Victorian art!
Final Note: I'm very much in love with this new deck. The images are beautiful, it's easy to use and interpret and the Greco-Roman themes depicted give it a very unique style.
Final Star Rating- 5 Stars all the way!!!!
If you want to learn more about this deck, you can visit the Tarot of Dephi website to order your own deck and other accessories. If you want to learn more Kickstarter and other decks being funded through them, visit kickstarter.com.
Welcome to Dreadlock Tarot's Blog! For my first post I want to do something fun we are calling "Dread Spreads"! These are tarot spreads that you can do with your own Tarot deck! So this spread is called "Pros and Cons". With Tarot being such a versatile and amazing tool for self-discovery and solving life's many mysteries, we sometimes forget that we can also use Tarot to help us make simple, complex and sometimes trivial life decisions! Here is a simple and fun spread for you to do to help you make up your mind on any subjects:
Line 1 Line 2
Hidden Truth Hidden Truth
Let's look at an example. Lisa and her husband have been house hunting and they have recently narrowed down their search to two houses. Right now she lives in the town that she grew up in, surrounded by friends and family. They have now narrowed it down to two different houses. One of the houses is out-of-state, but both Lisa and her husband could easily transfer jobs. The other house is in the adjacent town with better schools. Let's look at the cards I drew for Lisa.
Ok, so lets analyze this spread (by the way, this deck is The Golden Tarot by Kat Black). Line 1 is about the house that is out-of-state. The pro is that this is the kind of house that Lisa and her husband have always dreamed of raising their family in. It is a big home with a large backyard and beautiful kitchen which made Lisa happy because she loved to entertain friends and family. The con is that the house would be somewhat of a financial strain on Lisa and her husband because it is a bit out of their price range. Even more so now because Lisa recently found out she was pregnant with their second child. In the hidden truths position we see that while Lisa would love to live in this house and she knows her family would prosper here, it makes her sad that moving in would take her hours away from her family and friends. One of Lisa's biggest hopes for her children that they would grow up surrounded by family the way that she did. The outcome card shows Lisa regretting moving far away and not being able to enjoy her new home because she is constantly missing her family and friends.
Ok, now lets look at Line 2. So in the pro position, we find out that this house is a major fixer-upper. A lot of work would need to be done to the house in order for the family to move in. But when Lisa looks at the house, she sees a lot of potential. She can see what it would look like with a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and a little fixing up in the yard. In the con position we have the Nine of Cups, which is usually seen as a very positive card. In this position, we see that while Lisa's dream is to live in a great house near her family, she has also always dreamed of moving away and staying in the same town she has lived in her whole life makes her feel like her life is stagnant. In the hidden truths position we see that this house would be a huge undertaking for Lisa and her husband with all the repairs that would have to be done. In the outcome position we have the Ten of Wands which is the ultimate "happy family" card. Lisa and her family would be extremely happy in this home near her family.
Now with these 2 lines Lisa can make the decision about which house is best for her family! I hope you can use this spread to help you with your decisions too!
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