Tarot Reading Exercise – The Courts Converse

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,

Well, here I am back with some new Tarot Reading Exercises for you. This time we will be focussing on The Court Cards and the Exercise today is to match the Paired Court Cards with their Correct Conversation. As before, I have jumbled the Conversations out of order from their Corresponding Cards.

I have attempted to bring through the Personality of each Court Card via their manner of conversation and their reaction to each other, the issue or situation. Don’t expect it to be crystal clear, but look for the subtleties that will help you identify which Conversation belongs to each Court Card Pair. You may come across some that cross-reference. It has not been my intention to do so, but we all interpret differently and see in a unique manner.

My aim is to bring the Personalities of The Court Cards to life so that you can see them as real life, talking, moving, thinking, feeling and acting people. They have jumped out of the Cards and up onto the Stage. They have assumed their roles for a given scene as dictated by their personality characteristics. The props are all in place along with backdrops. Their lines have been rehearsed and they are good to go. Now listen carefully to what each have to say to each other, and how they react to each others comments and responses. Remember each Court is playing him/herself at the end of the day. They may dip into each other’s territory occasionally, but essentially they stay true to what comes naturally.

I do hope you enjoy this exercise and I will post the Correct Matching Pairs later in the week.

Best of Luck! 

The Paired Court Cards


King of Cups Upright  King of Pentacles Upright


Queen of Wands UprightKing of Swords Upright




Queen of Pentacles UprightKing of Wands Upright


Queen of Cups UprightKing of Cups Reversed


Queen of Swords Reversed Queen of Cups Upright




The Conversations



A Residential Nursing Home

Court 1 – Bright and Breezy and carrying a multitude of bags. ‘Hello you’ and Kisses Court 2 gently on the top of the head. ‘How are you feeling today? You certainly look much brighter in yourself. Do you like the new room you are in? It is close to the garden and what a pretty garden, isn’t it?’ Goes about setting down the bags on the freshly made bed.

Court 2 – Looks at the bed and begins to get flustered. ‘My bed, what are you doing. Stop it now, stop’. Tries to get out of chair but Court 1 runs to restrain Court 2.

Court 1 – Settles Court 2 back into the chair and pats Court 2’s hand fondly. ”These are bits and pieces I brought into you. Don’t worry, I will tidy your bed. It’s lovely to see you out of the bed for a while. I told you this new room would make a huge difference. The other room was dark and the colour on the walls depressing. And the garden, just look at those roses, aren’t they the best you have ever seen, such a deep fuchsia mixed with yellow. I think they are a breed of Tea Rose, the gardener certainly has done a good job. Pulls back the net curtain on the window allowing more light to stream in. ‘Look, aren’t they wonderful?’

Court 2 – Looks briefly in the direction of the garden and then begins to get annoyed about the net curtains pulled back. Court 2 waves a walking stick at the curtain and scowls.

Court 1 – ‘Do you not like the light, is it hurting your eyes? ‘There I have put it back the way it was’ , stares out wistfully at the sun on the roses and then settles the net curtain neatly into place.  ‘What would you like to do today, a stroll through the garden, I could read to you maybe, or would you like to spend some time visiting in the dining hall?’ Court 1 moves around the room, straightening and tidying. Dead flowers are taken out of a vase and tossed in the bin. The stagnant water is emptied down the sink and fresh water sloshed around,  the vase is topped up again and placed back on the chest of drawers by the bed. Read the rest of this entry

Tarot Horoscopes – August 2014

Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,

After spending the last two days trying to get the Proofreading facility to work on this Post, or anything else,  I had to give up. The Service says it is temporarily disabled and to check back in a minute, but those minutes of checking back have now turned into two days. So I have given up and have tried to proofread myself. I know they never pick up everything and sometimes are incorrect but on my own when there is a lot of content to review, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I have done my best. Whereas I am not looking for anyone to point out my typos to me, I just wanted to apologise in advance. This Post was ready to go two days ago.

Leo The Lion

Fire Signs –     ARIES   Aries  LEO   Leo  SAGITTARIUS  Sagittarius

Water Signs – CANCER   Cancer  SCORPIO    Scorpio   PISCES  Pisces

Air Signs –      GEMINI   Gemini  LIBRA    Libra  AQUARIUS  Aqarius 

Earth Signs – TAURUS   Taurus VIRGO  Virgo  CAPRICORN  Capricorn



This Month I have taken yet another novel approach with your Tarot Horoscopes. As you know I compile these Tarot Horoscopes not just for entertainment purposes, but also as a means of helping you understand how Cards are linked so that a story, event, situation or personality is revealed. By reading these Tarot Horoscopes you can learn how to weave a story yourself from the associated meanings of the Cards you are presented with.

The Tarot Horoscopes are primarily meant as a Teaching Aid and are not Astrologically Designed. Therefore, there is no need to limit your Reading to just your own Sign. 

This month your Tarotscopes have been compiled as follows:

  • All Cards are used except for The Court Cards.
  • The Cards are separated into Five separate piles. The Four Suits are split so that you end up with a pile of Wands, a pile Cups, a pile of Swords and a pile of Pentacles. The Fifth Pile belongs to the 22 Cards of The Major Arcana.
  • The Cards are cleared and put in their Upright Position.
  • For Each Reading, I start first with the Pile of Wands and shuffle, reversing a couple as I go. I Ask of the Wands, The Fire Element, what relevant information it has for a particular sign for the month of August. I take the Card from the top of the Pile once shuffling has been completed and place this Card on the table in front of me. I then do the same for the remaining Four Piles, remembering to ask of the corresponding Element/Suit what information it has for the Sign in question.
  • When this is done I now have in front of me, one Wand, one Cup, one Sword, one Pentacle and one Major Arcana Card.
  • I now take in the whole Reading, the Four Cards. I see a story begin to form. It may be  right, it may be wrong, but I do not have any in particular I am Reading for, so I go with the story that comes to mind. However, even though I am looking at the story as a whole, I now want to break up the Reading into the individual Cards so that I can demonstrate where my story has come from.
  • Starting with The Wands Card, I begin to interpret it as it is but try to also keep in mind the nature of The Sign I am Reading for. The story sits at the back of my mind and guides me through the individual interpretations so that I do not use every possible association for each Card as I do not want it to come across as a ‘catch all Reading’. The Reading has a very definite story, even if I know it will not resonate with everyone who Reads it. It would be impossible for me to do a reading that would reflect everyone of that particular Sign. So this is more about finding a story in the Cards and then putting it together bit by bit.
  • I do the same with the Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
  • With The Major Arcana I look to find the Key Message the Reading is trying to impart. I search the cards for connections and links that will give meaning to the Major one and vice versa. I find a way of interweaving them so that it all makes sense. I trust my intuition and the story that finally comes together under the guidance of The Major Arcana Card. This Cards pulls the other Four Cards together and gives the Reading some weight. It adds flesh to the bones of the individual Suit Cards.
  • Finally I write up a summary of my observations and why I think such is such and so is so. I explain my connections and demonstrate where the final story has come from. The story is told from the aspects of The Four Elements and the Key Message of The Major Arcana. The summary literally sums the whole thing up and comes to conclusions.

****I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account.  Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.

Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant, while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.


Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)

Ace of Wands5 of Cups Reversed6 of Swords Upright6 of Pentacles UprightDeath Upright

Wands – Fire Element (Work, Motivation, Inspiration, Optimism, Activity, Travel)

Ace of Wands – The Fire Element brings you a brand new surge of energy and inspiration this month. The Ace of Wands gifts you the potential to get up and moving with any plans or ideas you have been toying with. August brings a new lease of life and a wonderful sense of adventure and fun. This may all come down to heading  off on Summer Vacation or it may simply be a feeling of joie de vivre due to the bright evenings and warm weather (this side of the world obviously). For certain it is a time to shake off the blues and get out and about and active. Your energy will be high as well as enthusiasm and motivation so make it work for you and do not let this time and feeling go to waste.

Cups – Water Element (Emotions, Feelings, Happiness, Relationships, Family, Creativity and Spirituality)

Five of Cups Reversed- There seems to be a welcome relief as a depressing or upsetting period in your life is eventually coming to an end this month. You will feel a definite sense of healing setting in and a renewed interest in life once more. This card suggests that you have been through a difficult time of late and have not been feeling your normal self at all. This may indicate a time of forgiveness or self-forgiveness. Enough time has been spent in mourning or regretting a situation of the past. It is now time to move on and come back to the land of the living once more. Read the rest of this entry

Explanations for Card Reading Exercises

Greetings All,

Below you will find the Explanations to the Card Reading Exercises from last week. I have attempted to explain how I came up with the interpretations for the various Card Readings. However, Please Note that the Interpretations provided are not the only ones that could apply to the Cards. It is just one Interpretation out of several possibilities, and of course it would all come down to the Question that is being asked. I chose a fictional storyline based on the Cards drawn in each case. I could have written many other interpretations, as in normal Readings these Cards could suggest something entirely different for the Querant. I also wanted to demonstrate to all those who are studying Tarot Reading how to pull a story together while reading. 

This Card Reading Exercise was designed with a view to help those who are studying The Tarot to better understand the process of Linking and Connecting Cards when Interpreting a Reading.

The Readings


3 of Cups Rx  The Devil Upright The Moon Upright


There may be some concern around your drinking habits. In fact your habit may have got out of hand and you are overindulging. You may be in denial about this but deep down you have niggling doubts and worries about how much alcohol you are consuming. Your subconscious is calling to you and is attempting to bring this issue to the surface. Time to actively take steps now before your habit turns into an addiction. If it has already done that then you need to get help to overcome it for you have lost control.


You are hanging around with a crowd who you think are friends. This group of people are particularly toxic and are leading you astray. For some reason you feel compelled to stay with them and even though you are beginning to see them in their true light and are right to be concerned about your association with them, you will find it hard to break away from them. Why are you letting these people exert so much control over you? They are an unsavoury crowd and quite underhand and devious. You are unaware of half the things they get up to. Get out now.


When I first saw these three cards The Devil obviously jumped out at me, and as he is a Major Arcana Card and quite negative in his associations, I immediately saw an issue regarding some form of control, enslavement or entrapment of one sort or another. The Devil deals with bad habits, negativity, addictions, excessive materialism, toxic relationships and unhealthy living and attitudes. The Devil acts in no one’s best interests but will lead you to believe that he does. So to find out where The Devil was active in this Reading my eyes were instantly drawn to The Reversed Three of Cups and here we have the partying to excess, too much alcohol and the out of control lifestyle that surrounds that type of environment. There may also be an unhealthy relationship or friendship. The friends the individual hangs out with may not be friends at all but rather a bad influence. The people in The Three of Cups Reversed look as if they are enjoying themselves, but with The Devil beside them, this enjoyment must be questioned. They may have started out enjoying this lifestyle, relationship or friendship, and were able to keep up with it all and could opt in or out as they chose, but that may have changed. They may find that they have become addicted to this type of living and could very easily be waking up most mornings loathing themselves for how they feel and how they are behaving. They may make firm resolutions each morning or at the beginning of each week that they are going to clean up their act, cut out the drinking or partying, end the relationship or break away from a negative circle of friends. They may feel determined and their resolve strengthened as they are desperate to change things. However, The Devil has a very powerful influence over them and by the end of the day or possibly a couple of days, the temptation becomes too strong and the lure is there for them to give in as they are seduced back to what has become an addiction, or at the very least a very bad habit. If they fight The Devil and attempt to stand up to him, he will give the impression that he understands. As he claps them on the back, he reassures them that they can start their healthy living or end their toxic relationship or friendship next week. Until then they can resume business as normal and should not feel guilty at all for they will be making a fresh start next week. And so the cycle continues and the individual becomes more and more powerless.

However, we now must look across to The Moon and we see the concern and stress on the face of The Moon. She appears to be worried about something and this to me indicates that all is not lost with the individual represented by The Reversed Three of Cups. This person knows deep down that they are in trouble and this concern has begun to surface more and more to the extent that it is deeply troubling them. They know they are in trouble as their subconscious calls to them. They may be beginning to understand that the deep issues or emotions they are trying to suppress with alcohol, drugs, food, sex etc are still managing to rise up and make themselves known.  The Moon indicates that any negative relationship or friendship they are involved in is more than likely due to issues from the past, especially what they were exposed to in childhood and growing up. These deep issues may have been what started the whole situation, but the individual knows that the way they have been trying to control the situation has not worked and has in fact begun to control them. Their issues have probably become worse, and it is for certain their self-esteem has been ground down into the ground. The Moon is their wake up call for they are beginning to acknowledge their worries and concerns regarding the way they are living and are gaining an understanding of where it all has come from.

For me, these cards would suggest that the individual is close to reaching the point where depression and self-loathing will make them begin to turn away from The Devil as they realise he is not their friend after all but rather their worst enemy. They can see how toxic and destructive he is. They can also see through the smiling, friendly mask he carefully outwardly presents and down to the manipulative, controlling, cold and calculating personality he truly is. The Devil’s Ugliness is becoming apparent to the individual and they know that something has to be done to free them self from his negative influence. They can no longer ignore this situation. They need to move fast now before The Devil declares total ownership of them. The Devil is very strong and these cards would indicate that external help may be needed in the battle for personal freedom and salvation. 


7 of Swords Rx5 of Swords5 of Cups Upright


You are getting involved in something that you are going to deeply regret. You are taking action or acting on an ill thought out plan and it is going to back fire on you. You are actually playing with fire now. You think you are being very clever but you are only bringing a lot of trouble down upon yourself. You may be acting in anger or revenge, but this is a knee jerk reaction and you are not looking where you are going. Your actions are going to make someone very angry with you and you have not thought of the possible outcome or consequences. You are starting a chain of events now that you will have no control over. You think that you are going to get one up on someone but you have no idea of the backlash that will come your way. Your plan is doomed and you will fail miserably. You may even take others down with you and you will live to regret it. Walk away and let this one go.


Here we have two nasty Sword Cards and an upsetting Cups Card. The Swords Cards precede The Five of Cups so this suggests to me that they are responsible for this unhappy outcome. Things do not look good and certainly do not augur well if the behaviour and energy associated with both The Seven of Swords Reversed and The Five of Swords is allowed to be activated. Therefore, an effort must be made to avoid whatever action the individual represented by this Reading is planning on taking for at the very least it will backfire on them and end in tears. At worst there may be deep regret, trauma, potential loss and serious trouble. 

In the centre we have The Five of Swords and here we see a nasty figure wielding his power and aggression over all around. He appears to have confiscated Swords from those who have attempted to oppose or overthrow him. He looks smug and gloating for he is feeling very pleased with himself. Those whose Swords he now holds thought they could get the better of him and that they could outsmart and out fight him. They especially thought they could out think him too with their ridiculous plans. They launched an attack on him but they didn’t realise who they were taking on. They may not normally indulge in the aggressive behaviour that is second nature to him. They may lack the killer instinct that is part of his natural make up. They may not be used to using their Sword for destructive purposes but something has made the individual or individuals want to take down the figure represented in The Five of Swords. Unfortunately, they are no match for him and are like lambs to the slaughter. The two figures in the background have dropped their weapons and walked away. This was doomed from the start. They didn’t stand a chance of victory and we must ask ourselves why this is? 

To get our answer we must now look to The Reversed Seven of Swords for it is all there. The poorly thought out plan, the impulsive act of stupidity that may have been brought on by heightened emotions such as anger, revenge or intense upset. The individual in The Seven of Swords Reversed is not thinking clearly and certainly is not looking where he is going. He is just acting on the spur of the moment and thinks he is seizing a golden opportunity to take his enemy by surprise. He believes he is going to get the better of someone by being sneaky and cunning. He doesn’t realise the nature of the personality he is dealing with. If he did, he would ensure he totally disarmed him. Instead he takes only some of his opponents weapons as he ran in here without a proper plan of action. He couldn’t carry anymore but thinks he has got away with enough to leave his opponent defenceless. He believes he has scored a major victory here and is quite pleased with his actions. 

However, we must look back to The Five of Swords and see the consequences of his actions. It looks like he may have dragged others into his ill thought out plan of attack. He may have convinced them to support him or back him against his opponent. Look at what has happened. His actions have totally enraged the figure in The Five of Swords who wastes no time in launching a counterattack. The individual in The Reversed Seven of Swords should have known that such an experienced fighter would only need the use of the couple of weapons that were left behind to take down the pitiful group that came after him. In fact he would make them suffer for even thinking they could outsmart him. The pain he inflicts, and it may not be a physical pain, will be severe when he punishes them. The individual and his backup were defeated from the outset and never stood a chance against this type of personality. They may have ignored all warnings and advice, choosing to run with their plan A without a plan B to fall back on. The result of all this behaviour can be seen in The Five of Cups with the hunched figure and the overturned cups. The contents of the cups have been spilled and it is too late to turn back the clock. The damage has been done and the individual from The Reversed Seven of Swords is left with deep regret. They may have brought more trouble down upon their shoulders and on those who supported them. 

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Can You Guess What I was Doing on Monday?

Greetings All,

Just thought I would pop this post off to you as I was quite amused and impressed by the Cards I pulled for my Daily Card Reading on Monday.

I am not going to tell you anything about them. Instead I am going to ask all of you if you can guess where I was and what I was doing on Monday for the Answer is contained within the Cards. Yes, the individual Meanings are valid but it is the combined Imagery and Associations that I found summed up my day perfectly. So what do you think? Take a look at the pictures and try to work it out. Don’t think black and white but go for the grey.

By the Way, I only meant to pull three cards but the Fourth, just jumped out so I decided to include it.  I think you will be quite amazed when you realise how accurate they were.


Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)


My Cards were:

King of Swords UprightJustice UprightDeath Upright6 of Pentacles Upright

Tarot Card Reading Exercises

Greetings All,

Well I am still busy sorting out my new site on WordPress.org. Many technical issues have delayed the changeover and I have been painstakingly trying to sort them all out. This of course takes me away from my writing, but for today I have decided to take a break and do something different.

Below you will find Card Reading Exercises for you to work out.  There are Eight Readings below and Nine Individual Interpretations for them. The Readings are Numbered 1 to 8 and the Interpretations from A to I (9 interpretations). This means that one of the Readings has Two Interpretations. The Letters do not correspond to the Numbers so your Task is to Match the Cards to their Correct Interpretation in The Table Provided Below, and also determine which of The Readings I have supplied Two Interpretations for.

Please Note that the Interpretations provided are not the only ones that could apply to the Cards. It is just one Interpretation out of several possibilities, and of course it would all come down to the Question that is being asked. However, you should be able to identify which Interpretation Matches a Particular Set of Cards. 

This Card Reading Exercise is designed with a view to help those who are studying The Tarot to better understand the process of Linking and Connecting Cards when Interpreting a Reading.

I will Post the Correct Running Order Next Week so that you can compare yours with mine. 

The Readings


3 of Cups Rx  The Devil Upright The Moon Upright


7 of Swords Rx5 of Swords5 of Cups Upright

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Tarot Horoscopes – July 2014

Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,


Fire Signs –     ARIES   Aries  LEO   Leo  SAGITTARIUS  Sagittarius
Water Signs – CANCER   Cancer  SCORPIO    Scorpio   PISCES  Pisces
Air Signs –      GEMINI   Gemini  LIBRA    Libra  AQUARIUS  Aqarius 
Earth Signs – TAURUS   Taurus VIRGO  Virgo  CAPRICORN  Capricorn


This Month I have taken another novel approach with your Tarot Horoscopes. As you know I compile these Tarot Horoscopes not just for entertainment purposes, but also as a means of helping you understand how Cards are linked so that a story, event, situation or personality is revealed. By reading these Tarot Horoscopes you can learn how to weave a story yourself from the associated meanings of the Cards you are presented with.

This month your Tarotscopes have been compiled to allocate a particular Mission for each Sun Sign for July. Along with the Mission comes a Challenge to it being successfully completed. The Missions are varied, with some being physical, while others are more psychological or emotional. All require effort to complete. The Challenge represents the signs and tendencies to be aware of which might jeopardize your Mission. The Challenge or Challenges may come from your own personality traits, or be the result of external interference. I have selected the Cards as follows:

All Cards Remain Upright, which means I must intuitively decide which Aspect, Upright or Reversed, is applicable for the Reading. 

  • What is The Particular Sun Sign’s Mission, and the Challenge to that Mission for the Month of July? – The Whole Deck is kept Upright and shuffled while I concentrate on these questions. 
  • When Shuffling is complete the Top Card is drawn to Reveal The Mission. The Base Card Reveals The Challenge. If you are doing this at home yourself try to work out their meanings from just the two Cards. If you have terrible difficulty putting a story together, look to the immediate Cards next to the drawn ones for further information. Therefore draw the Card directly under the Top Card (second card in shuffled deck) and the Card immediately before the Base Card (the second last card in the shuffled deck)
  • Concentrate on them for some time and try to work out from the Cards you have selected what your Mission might be and what challenges you might have to overcome to successfully complete your mission. 

Again, these Readings have really challenged me as I had twelve of them to complete. You won’t have the same problem if you are only working on your own sign.

****I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account.  Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.

Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant, while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.


Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)

8 of Swords Upright  5 of Swords Upright

Your Mission this Month Aries should you decide to accept it comes through the message of The Eight of Swords. You are being asked to take a close look at your life and determine in which area or areas you feel restricted or trapped. Maybe you feel you have little options open to you, or that external factors or other persons seem to be in control of your situation or dictate to you how you should live, feel, act or think. Aries this may very well be one of your blind spots for you are generally in total control of your life and are usually the one who sets all the rules and the pace of how things run. There may be one little corner of your life where you feel powerless. This is probably one of those areas you try not to dwell on too much or pretend it doesn’t really exist. This denial drains your natural instinctual nature to be free and unhindered by anything other than positivity and optimism. This will be an area you may not vocalise to others, or even admit to yourself. It is probably a habit you have slipped into and because the rest of your life generally runs to your liking, you are prepared to hastily overlook this particular aspect. However, it is having an impact whether you like it or not, and the impact is bound to be negative. If you feel down at times or pessimistic about your chances, or the future, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is here you will find the root of your discontent. You would hate others to know how tied up you are with this aspect because you may lose face or have your pride dented. This restricted aspect of your life could be coming from your home life, your work environment, your relationship, friendships or even a phobia that doesn’t naturally go with your brave and courageous personality. Read the rest of this entry

Numerology Letter Box – Is Your Name Ruining Your Life?

What’s In A Name?

What a Difference a Name Makes

Numberology Number Box

When working out the Numerical Value of your name use different variations of it to see what Numerically works best for you. Each letter in the alphabet is linked to a certain number (See The Numerology Letter Box Above) and a lot of information can be sourced by working out the Numerical value of a name, country or street name.  We can also work with the date of birth and even house name or number of the Querant to gain further insight into the influences at play.


For example – I was christened Vivien Margaret Dunne but I use the Irish version of my surname now and do not use my middle name, so I am Vivien Ni Dhuinn.  Family  members often refer to me as Vivers, and my partner sometimes calls me Viv.  I could use the Irish version of my first name and call myself Beibhinn.   If I was to work out the Numerical Value of all the above options I could find out which version of my name works best for me in life or in certain circumstances.  Does the name I go by affect my personality? Would I be happier or luckier in life if I was to call myself Beibhinn? Does my name draw positive or negative attention to me?

Some people look into their name and go to professional Numerologists to determine if their name is working for them. If they find that their name is holding them back in life, or that using their middle name would be more advantageous, it is simple enough to change it. If you have being named Elizabeth at birth but everyone at home fondly called you Betty, you may discover that the vibrations of Elizabeth opens doors that Betty has to force her way through. You might find that Betty works better for you in another aspect of your life. Then again, it may be your middle name where all the power is stored, the middle name you never use. You might be Elizabeth, Clarissa, Joyce. After consulting with a Professional Numerologist and discussing various areas of your life and examining your goals and ambitions, you may discover that using Clarissa instead of Elizabeth will evoke remarkable changes in your life.

As mentioned above my name at birth was Vivien (named after Vivien Leigh), Margaret (my Paternal Grandmother’s name) and Dunne, my surname. However, I do have an extra name and that is my confirmation name of Cecilia. I chose that because of the song by Simon and Garfunkel which was obviously in the charts at the time. I have never used Cecilia but I think if I did, I would use it with the English version of my surname Dunne instead of Ní Dhuinn, the Irish Version. Cecilia Dunne sounds better than Cecilia Ní Dhuinn. It just doesn’t carry the same vibration does it?

My Father’s birth name was James Joseph Dunne. He never used the Joseph and preferred to use the abbreviated version of his First Name, Jim. In fact he was quite determined about this and hated being called James. When he had to spend long periods of time in hospital towards the end of his life, he had terrible conflict with the nursing staff who insisted upon calling him James even though he argued with them to call him Jim. I am not sure why he hated James so much. Maybe he connected it with bad times as a school boy or maybe he just didn’t like the name. It was a simple thing to ask of the nurses but they carried on calling him James right up until the day he died.

The Importance of Maiden Names


Many women who marry today, decide to hold onto their maiden names for any number of reasons.  For me one of the main reasons other than retaining independence is that a person’s name holds a certain vibration which is composed of the sound of letters placed in a particular order.  Over years and decades this vibration becomes a part of us and it forms part of our personality.  Take that name away, or disturb it by adding or taking away letters, and the vibration changes.  A name change can have a powerful effect on our personality and how we feel about ourself.  Women for so many centuries were expected to hand over a very important part of their person and take on the vibration of another when they married.  For some women it had a positive effect but for others the name change was akin to losing part of their identity. Read the rest of this entry

Father’s Day In Ireland and The Four Kings of Tarot

Greetings from Ireland on Father’s Day,

Da and Peggy at The Races


My Dad Jim (James) Dunne 26th of September 1935 – 20th of May 2005

(With My Mother Anne, Sister Susan, His Mother Peggy and His Sister Arlene at a Race Meeting)

Thinking of You Today Da! xxx

I would like to wish all Father’s, not just in Ireland, but all over the World a very  Happy Father’s Day. My greetings go out to all Father’s, those who are still with us and those who have passed over into The Spirit World. My Father left this world after many years of illness in May of 2005 but I like to think that he still watches over me and tries to influence me wherever he can.

I remember a Dream I had a few years ago when I was becoming too diverse within my Holistic Practice. I was doing too much and my energies were dissipated into several disciplines. I had drifted away from my Tarot Writing and was concentrating on other areas. Then one night I had a dream and in it there was a large Manor House with a long sweeping avenue which had stud railing on both sides. I was walking up the avenue towards the house when I saw a person approaching me, leading a horse. There were several horses in the paddocks beside me so I thought nothing unusual of this.

As the person drew nearer to  me I was surprised to see that it was my father. He was leading a beautiful tall bay mare with a lead rope and I was very surprised to see him. My father had a great love for horses and I had spent many years working with them and competing. My father spoke to me and asked me why I wanted to try another horse. I then became aware of why I was walking up the avenue. It was to fetch a new horse but my father had cut me off before I got there. I told him that the horse I was going to see was wonderful and I was excited about trying it out. He held firmly onto the lead rope of the glorious mare and stared at her, and then back at me. He told me that it was not a good idea to keep changing horses. He advised that I should stick with the one I knew best and it wouldn’t let me down. He wanted to know why I was complicating my life? He told me that there were loads of horses but that this bay mare was the one that suited me best. He told me to look no further and then handed me the lead rope and began to walk away from me in the direction of the Manor House. He didn’t say goodbye or turn around. I watched him walk until he disappeared out of sight and then I turned around and began to walk back down the avenue from where I came, leading the bay mare beside me.  It was at this stage I woke up and lay for a while trying to digest all that my father had said and the implications of the dream.

The dream haunted me the next day and has stayed with me ever since. I don’t dream of my father often so I took it as a sign that he really was trying to send me a definite message, and had wanted to deliver it in person for extra impact.  I had started my spiritual travels with Tarot back in early 1997, and had put in much study and work over several years. I then began to drift and was lured in several directions. I have many interests and was constantly seeking new areas of study and extra qualifications. It was only in recent times that I realised I was running in too many directions, that I should go back to where I started and where I had put the most work into. I do not regret any of my further studies and have had remarkable experiences because of them, but I do have a tendency to take on too much, and then the workload becomes back-breaking. So I eventually decided to take my deceased father’s advice and take back the horse that I knew best. The horse that also me knew best. I had put so much work into that horse that I was ashamed I had neglected it. That is why my father cut me off on the path I was heading. He was handing back to me the tools that I had started out with. I now believe that his attitude towards me in the dream suggested that it was The Tarot that I should be concentrating on and not twenty other things. Horses are symbolically very powerful, magical and spiritual animals and in the dream I was surrounded by them. This is where I was to focus my work on and let everything else fade into the background or at least take a back seat.

And so, that is exactly what I have been doing for the last two years with this site, putting down all I know about Tarot. I have mentioned before that I often read back over my work and wonder where it all came from. Sometimes I have little recollection of even writing it. Maybe it is not just my son, Conor who is speaking through me, also from The Spirit World,but my father too.   Thank you Dad! Of course his own Grandmother read The Tarot, so I wonder?????


So , let us look at The Four Kings of The Court Cards, The Father Figures in the Royal Families and see what sort of Gift for Father’s Day they might receive from their offspring. What will their Cards be like? How will they React when they receive their Gift? How will they Celebrate the day.

I used to get my Father, Special Irish Rugby Ties made of Silk each year and he would wear them to all the matches or on special occasions. I now have his full collection of these ties, except for his Ireland/France Rugby Tie which he wore for his funeral.

King of Wands Upright King of Cups Upright

King of Wands

What Might the King of Wands Sons or Daughter buy him for Father’s Day – A Formula 1 Driving Lesson on a Race Track, A Two Hour Rental of a Ferrari, A Surprise Holiday in the Sun, Tickets for his Favourite Soccer or Rugby Team, Tickets to a Rock Concert or Festival, Anything Gadgety and Hi Spec; latest Smart Phone, Tablet, Camera etc. New Hiking Gear, a Racing Bike,  a Motor Bike, Latest Action/Thriller Box Set, Expensive Aftershave. A 15 yr old Malt Scotch. Grandchildren will have bought him a funny gift or a puzzle.

The Card – Action Hero Style Dad. His Grandchildren will have made him a Card which he will find very amusing.

How Will he React? – Loud and great bear hugs. He might try to conceal his watery eyes though. He will chase his grandchildren around the garden or carry them on his shoulders. He will be feeling in great form.

How will they celebrate the Day?  – Family Barbeque with him cooking, loud music and plenty of beer. They might decide to go as a family on a Hill Walk and bring a picnic with them. Lots of laughter and talk of sport, business and the latest updates on his kid’s lives and how well they are doing.

King of Cups

What Might the King of Cups Sons or Daughter buy him for Father’s Day? – An Expensive Bottle of Vintage Red/Port or Brandy, Tickets to The Theatre or Concert Hall, A Good Book from The Bestseller List, A Coastal Inspired Painting, Clothes; Cardigan/Pullover/ Pyjamas/Dressing Gown/Slippers, An Overnight Stay or Mini Break by the sea or in an old country castle, A CD Collection of Golden Oldies, His Favourite Aftershave, A Framed Photo of The Family, New Fishing/Sailing Gear. A book about Wines of The World. Grandchildren will have bought hankies or will have made him something at home.

The Card – Carefully Selected with just the right Verse inside. Very Emotional with scenes of Sail Boats. Grandchildren will have made their own Card and it will take pride of place on the mantle piece or shelf. He will keep every card in a special box once Father’s Day is over.

How Will he React? – Hugs and tears all round but he will tell them they shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble. He will tell them that their presence is enough as he loves to see them.  He will keep looking at his gift. It will be exactly what he wanted. He will be very happy and offer everyone a drink. He will give his Grandchildren some pocket-money.

How will they Celebrate The Day?  – Large Family Dinner at home with his Spouse/Partner, children and grandchildren. He may be invited to one of his Children’s houses where the whole family will gather. A Lunch or Dinner in his favourite Restaurant. He might have just a little too much to drink and get very sentimental. He will certainly be spoiled.

King of Swords UprightKing of Pentacles Upright

King of Swords

What Might the King of Swords Sons or Daughter buy him for Father’s Day? – A Tough one because he is very difficult to buy for. They have this dilemma each year and they rarely see him use anything they got him on previous occasions. The same Gifts each year. A good book (non-fiction), Tickets to the theatre or Opera, An Expensive Bottle of Vintage Wine/Scotch, a Classic Sweater or Shirt, A Weekend City Break, A Watch, An Antique Letter Opener or Desk Set, A Silk Tie in a Plain Colour, a Leather Brief Case/Toilet Bag, An Expensive Aftershave, A Yearly Subscription to Reader’s Digest, A Fountain Pen. His Grandchildren will buy him socks or gloves, a CD of Classical Music.

The Card – Very Formal but deliberated over for much time. The inside Verse is the problem as they all sound too sentimental. His Grandchildren may or may not make him a Card. If they do he will ask them to explain exactly what that blue blob in the corner is meant to be or why they have painted the grass orange when it should be green. The Grandchildren may not know how to answer his questions.

How Will he React? – Again very Formal, maybe a bit stiff. He will be very polite and thank them all for their gifts but tell them they shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble or wasted their money. He will awkwardly kiss them on the cheek or give a brief hug. It could be embarrassing for all. He will leave his Spouse/Partner to display the Cards on the Mantelpiece or Shelf. His Grandchildren will keep asking their Parents when they are going home as they will not be allowed watch the television or run around.

How Will They Celebrate the Day? – A formal family Meal either at home or out in a restaurant. He will relax after a while and enjoy himself. The conversation at the table will get more lively as the meal progresses. He will want to know how each of his Children are getting on and how his Grandchildren’s school grades are. He will order expensive wine and comment about every aspect of the meal and service.

The King of Pentacles

What Might the King of Pentacles’ Sons or Daughter buy him for Father’s Day? Lots of Gifts to Choose from. Something Golf Related, Tickets to watch The Rugby, The Official Rugby Sweater of his Favourite Team, An Expensive Vintage Wine/Port/Scotch/Brandy, Hill-Walking Equipment, An Expensive Cashmere Sweater, Books: about History, Global Leaders, Business People who have made it to The Top, The Secret of Success and Wealth, a New Watch or Wallet, A Designer Silk or Cashmere Scarf/Tie, Cufflinks, Leather Briefcase/Travel Bag, Tickets to The Theatre or Concert of his Favourite Singer, Something fancy for his Horse, Riding Lessons, Golf Lessons, A Wine Tasting Weekend,  A Piece of Art, a Gift Voucher. His Grandchildren will give him a framed photo of all of them for his office desk.

The Card – Typical Father’s Day Card depicting scenes of Golfers, Cars, Football. Could also have Country Scenes or Horse-Racing. He will read each card intensely. His Grandchildren will have made him a Card which he will value and treasure. He will tell them they are talented and that they should think about going to art college when they grow up. Their parents will remind their Father that they are still only kids. He will carefully place his Card where he can see them.

How Will He React? - He will examine each gift and ask questions about them. There will be fond hugs and great delight on his part. He loves having his family around him and is proud of them all. He will be genuinely delighted with all his gifts and understand the effort that went into choosing them. He will try on any clothes there and then to make sure they fit and to show them off. He will probably wear whatever it is he has been given. His children will advise him that they have the receipt should he need to exchange. He will ask his Grandchildren where they think he should put their Framed Photo but they will be too busy playing with the dogs and getting hair all over their clothes.

How Will They Celebrate the Day? Either a loud and Happy Family Meal at home or in one of his Children’s Houses, or they may book a lunch or dinner in an old Country House or Castle . Good Hearty Food and the best of Wine. The Grandchildren will spend the afternoon running around the grounds and petting the horses in the nearby fields. They may all go for a walk later that day to work off some of their food.  The dogs will go too of course. It will be an immensely satisfying day and a chance for him to catch up will all the goings on in his Children’s and Grandchildren’s Lives. He will sneak some pocket-money to each of his Grandchildren and tell them to invest it wisely. He will fall asleep in his armchair that evening.


Copyright © Vivien Ní Dhuinn 2014


Tarot Horoscopes – June 2014

Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,

Fire Signs –     ARIES   Aries  LEO   Leo  SAGITTARIUS  Sagittarius
Water Signs – CANCER   Cancer  SCORPIO    Scorpio   PISCES  Pisces
Air Signs –      GEMINI   Gemini  LIBRA    Libra  AQUARIUS  Aqarius 
Earth Signs – TAURUS   Taurus VIRGO  Virgo  CAPRICORN  Capricorn


Well here our your Tarot Horoscopes for June (please scroll down the page to find your horoscope). They are a little late and I do hope you will forgive my tardiness, for I have been very busy working on other areas of the Course along with configuring my new site.

This month I have decided to take a novel approach with your Tarotscopes by selecting the Cards on the following basis.

  • What is The Focus of Attention For The Month? – A Major Arcana Card is selected to determine what is pressing and important for you this month.
  • Where is the Area of Focus? – A Card from The combined Four Suits (40 Cards – not including Courts) is selected to determine in which are of your life The Major Arcana Card is pointing to.
  • What Aspect of Your Personality is The Major Arcana Appealing To? – A Card is Selected from the 16 Combined Court Cards to determine which side of your personality The Major Arcana is attempting to influence or needs help from to initiate action. This Aspect of Your Personality may also be causing problems for you.

It has been very interesting working with the Tarot in this manner and I hope you agree that it has resulted in some intriguing Readings.

I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account.  Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.

Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.


Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)

The Empres Upright 2 of Pentacles Upright Queen of Pentacles Upright

The Month of June for Aries brings the Focus of Attention from The Empress. The Empress brings the message that  it is time to give birth to any Creative Projects you have been Incubating for some time now. She assures you that any plans you have or ideas you wish to implement stand a very good chance of thriving under her watchful eye and influence. To a certain extent, any projects you have been working on will take on a life of their own this month and after waiting and wondering about the nature of their potential success, you will now see a massive shift as they move from mere ideas and planning to something that is very real and tangible. Manifestation will begin this month with positive and prolific growth.  In fact things may take off so fast this month that you will have to run to keep up. You need to keep a watchful eye at this stage for in this period of rapid growth and abundance, there may be areas that you are not yet prepared for. You will need to handle the rate of growth carefully, and cultivate only that which is essential and appropriate to your needs. The Empress is the creator, provider and nurturer of all life, and at times finds it difficult to stop or slow down her production. Therefore there should be an emphasis on not overproducing purely because you can. Read the rest of this entry

Tarot Horoscopes for June Coming Later this Week – Better Late than Never!

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends Around The World, 

Due to the extent of my writing on The Knight of Cups in May, The Tarot Horoscopes are running slightly behind schedule, but rest assured they are on their way and will be ready to view in the next couple of days.


Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)


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