(Cosmic Tarot, by artist Norbert Losche)
A Quick Word Play with The Four Suits on Valentine’s Day based on their Archetypal approach to Love and Romance, both Upright and Reversed. Lots of more words to add if you want to challenge yourself. Some of the letters are trickier than others – I restricted myself to one per letter. Why not try out a Scrabble Game based on the Four Suits and their Keyword Associations!
Wands Wands Reversed
W – Wild S – Self-Serving
A – Ardent D – Domineering
N – Noisy N – Novelty
D – Dynamic A – Arrogant
S – Sexy W – Wander-Lust
Cups Cups Reversed
C – Caring S – Seduction
U – Undying P – Promiscuous
P – Proposal U – Unforgiving
S – Sincere C – Clinging
Swords Swords Reversed
S – Strategic S- Severe
W – Witty D- Dysfunctional
O – Observant R- Repressed
R – Reserved O – Obsessive
D – Discerning W – Worry
S – Self-Disciplined S – Sharp
Pentacles Pentacles Reversed
P – Practical S – Stubborn
E – Enduring E – Egocentric
N – Natural L – Lazy
T – Traditional C – Conservative
A – Approachable A – Adventurer/ess
C – Committed T – Tedious
L – Loyal N – Negligent
E – Energetic E – Envious
S – Sensual P – Possessive
The Queen & The Soldier
Featuring, The Queen of Swords and The Knight of Pentacles
This song was playing over in my head while I lay in bed last night. The Queen and The Soldier by Suzanne Vega It is an old favourite of mine but haven’t heard it in some time. While I sang it to myself, I thought how superbly a young Queen of Swords and The Knight of Pentacles might fit into this story line. The cold, aloof and calculating woman who puts her duty and crown ahead of her feelings for the lovely young Knight who has been the Queen’s loyal Champion for so long. He has worshiped her from a distance, and wants to love and protect her, yet she keeps him at arm’s length. She is the Queen and he The Solider. Regardless of the distance that lies between them, we get the impression of a connection somewhere in the past, even if she refuses to acknowledge it. Behind her controlled and disciplined appearance we can tell that her heart aches for him, yet she pretends to but vaguely recognise him when he comes to her door.
The young woman takes life and her Queenly duties very seriously. To drop her guard with this Knight would be a sign of weakness on her part. That she will not tolerate for she has vowed allegiance to the throne. The Knight wants more from life, and from her. He is no longer content to keep doing her bidding, fighting her painful battles, without getting something back in return. He is tired of her mind games and strange ways. He wants to know why she lives as she does? Read the rest of this entry
Find myself checking out this site quite a lot and looking forward to understanding how the planets may be influencing me on all levels.
Nut, Egyptian Goddess of air and the universe, stretching her body over the world to create the heavens.
Aquarius’ liberating energy graces us on February 8th (9:39 AM EST) with a new moon at 19’16 degrees. New Moons are the beginning phase of a cycle. During this time we plant seeds and hopefully they develop and come to fruition during the Full Moon phase. This is the reason why setting intentions during the new moon can be a powerful tool towards bringing awareness
Aquarius is the sign of liberation and freedom. Above all else during this time we need to question what we’re willing to fight for and what our place is when it comes to humanity. The new moons sextile to Uranus/Vesta in Aries brings about a forceful and radical approach to what we’re passionate about and the kinds of sacrifices we’re willing to make…
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Imbolc marks the first day of Spring in the Celtic Calendar and separates the light part of the year from the dark. So time to shake off the blues by putting a glide in your stride and a pep in your step. Stop hiding in the dark and turn to the growing light of the sun instead. Let it brighten your soul and fire your passion. To prepare for the brighter and longer days ahead, you have much work to do now both at home and outside. Personal growth and renewal of resolve or determination is focused upon. Get active, get busy and release the Fire Energy within. Get going with any projects and plans for the year ahead as it is a fertile time for growth and expansion. Get stuck into those New Year resolutions with renewed fervor. Let the light banish any darkness, obstacles, or challenges you may have encountered or perceived in the past, and forge ahead with positivity and optimism. Leave any depressing feelings or attitudes behind and allow healing to enter unconditionally into your life. Let the Spring breeze cleanse the cobwebs of your mind, and the growing sun thaw any ice or snow from the heart. Everything is up for grabs now as inspiration and creativity rush in an abundant flow of endless opportunities. The natural world is starting to wake up to new life again. Don’t get left behind in the dreariness of the old, be a part of this rebirth and renewal. Venture outdoors to witness the miracle of nature around you. The most wonderful things are happening right now as Brigid walks among us. We bow in respect to her life-giving powerful presence.
Imbolc is a great time for divination so your Tarot Cards can be put to good use. We can look to the Tarot for inspiration and guidance on how we can incorporate Imbolc, Brigid and the Powerful Energy of Fire into our life for the year ahead.
Wands are strongly connected to Spring with their Fire Energy breathing life, passion, creativity and inspiration into everything they touch. To access the energy of the growing Fire of the young Sun as it gradually begins to lengthen the days and warm the air about us, we can call on The Wands Suit of The Tarot for guidance. Below I have compiled a very brief snapshot of what the individual Wands might have to say to us as we celebrate the Fire Festival of Imbolc, and the Triple Goddess in her maiden form.
Ignition – The Fire has been lit. It is only a small flame so it must be carefully attended or it will blow out. You will need more than this flame to reach your goal but it is the first spark that sets the wheels in motion. This is the eternal flame, the original combustion of energy that refuses to die in each and every one of us. All the great and powerful who have gone before us started with this very same emanation. What will you do with it?
Not paying attention to the Fire. Your mind is on another Fire. Decide once and for all which Fire means more to you or both will fizzle out. Don’t stand forever at the crossroads. Make a decision and then act upon it.
Turning from any darkness in the past to bring Fire into your future. Positive action and purpose. Looking forward to the year ahead and feeling encouraged to initiate change. Three brings growth and expansion for Fire. Get behind your projects with renewed enthusiasm and conviction.
Let Fire into your home. Maybe it is time for a make-over. Freshen, renew, repaint, re-do and reclaim. Clear clutter indoors and outdoors. Open the windows and let some fresh air in. Feel energised and motivated into making your home an uplifting and welcoming place to be, then show it off to family and friends. Maybe you need a personal make-over too. Time to start thinking about vacation destinations.
Use the energy of Fire to enthusiastically throw yourself out of your comfort zone and into the challenges of new experience. Embrace change by responding to it positively. Battle your way through any obstacles instead of sidestepping them. It is better to join the game rather than stand on the sidelines. Participate in what excites you. Push your body into activity. Jump into the mayhem of the new and unknown. It will waken you up very quickly. Remember, if you are not in, you can’t win.
Don’t just think or hope you will succeed. Believe and know you will succeed. Work with Fire to strengthen your resolve and it will reward those who do not quit. Follow through on promises you have made to your yourself and to others.
Breathe in the heat of Fire into your belly and stand up for what you believe in. Be assertive in your dealings with those who would seek to dis-empower you. You shall overcome. There are no problems, only challenges. Instead of can’t say I’ll try. Replace ‘impossible’ with ‘I’ll find a way’. Remove the negatives that aim to quash Fire.
Maintaining and sustaining a strong Fire within will create the momentum you need to reach your goals. Others will be impressed by what you are achieving with Fire and will be eager to join in. The power of Fire is magnificent once it is harnessed and channeled in the right direction. Set goals that are achievable yet force you to go the extra mile. It is in this extra mile you will see the magic begin to manifest.
Fire has taught you some hard lessons in the past. Don’t allow yourself to make the same mistakes this time. Increasing your understanding of the nature of Fire will lessen the risk of getting your fingers burned.
Seek not the new Ace of Wands until you are sure you can handle it. Deal with the Fire you are carrying before adding more to your load. Too much of anything, even Fire, can be a bad thing. If your hands are burning, or the heat from the Fire is unbearable, then something is wrong. Make sure you have the time and energy to complete anything you start or take on.
You are the embodiment of Fire and are ready to fully embrace the possibilities and potential of the year ahead. Reborn, refreshed and renewed, you are all set for an adventurous journey. Expect to be surprised and amazed by what you discover. Fire is working its magic on you and has your full attention. You can do anything and go anywhere you please under this energy. New interests, new looks and new places are highly encouraged.
The explorer bursts forth out of Fire and is ready to conquer the world. You will have to take action as Fire refuses to be held back any longer. This is what you have been waiting for. Energy begets Energy. The more you do, the more you will be able to do. You are in a position to use Fire to take your life to any level you so wish. Remember the gift and power of Fire, and the respect you must have for it. Rise to any challenge you encounter and keep smiling. Get ready to enter new territory.
Fire bestows on you its many blessings. You become radiant in its fiery glow. Its heat warms and nourishes you, allowing you to generously share with all, the love and joy of the new life that bursts forth. You refuse to be anything other than optimistic about the year ahead and have many plans, ideas, and goals to put into action or work towards. Energy is high and health is wonderful. You believe in life, love, happiness and fun and are totally open to anything that comes your way. You are channeling Brigid, the seer, as you re-calibrate your energy with that of the natural world around you.
You must learn to master Fire for productive purposes. If you want to lead instead of follow, to be in control of your destiny instead of leaving it up to the fates, then you must work with Fire to empower you. Fire at this level must be channeled in a mature manner. The gift of Fire will assist your influence over others, but it will also allow you to control others. Before you open yourself to this formidable energy you must question your conscience. What sort of power do you seek from Fire? Once you have found your perfect balance of Fire, keep it topped up or stoked. You must maintain your position. Rest not on former glories.
Lá Féile Bríde
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Here’s an excerpt:
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This article is written by a friend of mine, Paula O’Sullivan. The content contains understandings, concepts and theories that complement the nature of Holistic Tarot Consultancy. They have the potential to enhance the spiritual messages contained in a reading. Paula combines her training in psychology, hypnosis and Reiki, along with her personal life journey to bring about an very eclectic offering. Well worth a read.
Manifesting What You Really Want
By Paula O’Sullivan
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden (Quote)
Many of us have a vague idea of what we want. Sometimes we do get what we asked for, but it turns out to be, not what we really wanted after all. Sometimes we don’t even seem to be getting anywhere near to what we desire. It can be a frustrating venture.
I’d like to share some of the things that are helping me to manifest what I want. Ok I’m a work in progress here, and I’m no expert, which is a good thing, as I’m constantly open to trying new and different approaches, so I’ll keep sharing as I learn and get results.
I’d like you to begin…
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Well worth a read and could relate to so much of it.
Urania’s Mirror, 1825
The winter solstice brought with it the Sun’s ingress into Capricorn on December 21st; we’re now being guided towards the first Christmas Full Moon in 38 years. The Cancer Full Moon at 3 degrees greets us at 6:12 AM EST, bringing with it the nurturing and family-centered energy Cancer’s are known for and what better time to explore this kind of vibe than on Christmas? The Full Moon’s trine to Neptune in Pisces creates a dreamy aspect, the urge to escape the physical world and perhaps a softening of our emotional responses. Nostalgia and dreams pertaining to the maternal nurturing we received as children, and possibly as adults, may color our emotional make-up. The Cardinal signs (Cancer, Aries, Libra, Capricorn) will more than likely feel this energy a bit more intensely than others.
The Moon’s location in the solar 4th house conjunct the IC does bring…
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