Udemy Course – the story so far

Instead of running the beginners’ course directly from this site, I’ve decided to post it on Udemy. The advantage is that my newsletter and blog subscribers can get it free, because you can get vouchers and the like, apparently.

The slightly sad and sorry news is that it’s taking me a lot longer than expected to get that thing up and running. I thought I would be able to just transfer files from the Beginners’ Tarot course that I ran earlier this year. However, looking back on that I realised that in fact I pretty much had to re-write the whole thing. But that’s ok, I love talking about Tarot. ETA is about mid-July at present.

So if you want a really amazing (!) comprehensive beginners’ Tarot course, subscribe to my blog! There’s a link in the side-tab on the right.

Third-Party Readings

To 3rd-Party read or not to 3rd-Party read? It’s when the person asks to know about someone who has not given permission to have their cards read.

Questions can include: Is my wife having an affair? Is my boss ever going to promote me? What’s he building in there?

A few years ago a woman client asked me to do a reading for a guy she had a crush on. It was in a café, and all the other people in the café knew both her and the guy involved, and everyone was listening in to the reading. Kind of tense! The guy in question wasn’t present, he was married and had a successful career as the drummer in a rock band. I told my client that she could get a reading about the relationship between her and this man, but his private life was his own business. She was obviously disappointed but short of putting a gun to my head, there was nothing much she was going to be able to do to change that.

To my amazement, the Tarot reading was all about him, his wife, his mistress, his manager, his career, his fans, they were all in there.

The Tarot showed him to be extremely stressed and unhappy, pressurised by the conflicting demands of so many people riding on the coat-tails of his career. My client sat through the reading in total silence, and at the end she said that she was going to just love him from afar, and stop stalking him like a beast.

It’s happened a few times that people have asked me to do a third-party reading, and I always say no, but you know that if the Tarot thinks you need to know about someone’s life, because that’s going to help you personally, then that’s the information you’re going to get.

To show what I mean, here’s a reading I did this morning. I asked the Tarot to help me illustrate my point with a fictitious office crush situation. The cards are from the Tarot de Jacques Viéville.

So obviously, thinking about the visual language of the Tarot, the very clear message is: “get your nose out of this person’s life. The way is closed, buster!” We see someone waving a big truncheon in our face, then the way is barred, then it’s super-double barred with an extra padlock. From a more traditional interpretation: He’s having a lot of sex and he’s partying a lot. Notice the numbers? It’s 1 – 2 – 4, multiplying the Wands exponentially. How does that help the client? It just makes them feel more left out and vulnerable than ever. However, check this:

See, now that’s better, isn’t it? A woman wrestling with her lust, looking back on past events and feeling even more left out and sorry for herself, while over on the other side the door is locked like Fort Effing Knox.

Just leave the dude alone, already, and attend to the matter at hand, which in this case is your beautiful pet lion, which has to be a metaphor for everything that’s beautiful and wild in your life. Stop pining over some guy who is ultimately going to ostracise you and leave you out in the cold.

Basically, it’s the same reading twice in a row. However, in the second reading, the message is a lot more personal and useful, don’t you think?

What do you think about 3rd-party readings? Some people say it’s tantamount to psychic spying and totally out of bounds. Others say: “Well, if I don’t get paid to do this, someone else will, so I may as well go ahead and do this thing. Who cares, anyway?” The difference is an ethical Tarot reader who feels honour and professionalism, versus someone who doesn’t care about you or the person who you’re stalking. Which person is going to give the better reading?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this controversial topic, so please comment below.

Timing Events with the Chaldean Decans

Tokyo Tarot Meetup rides again, at Denny’s Restaurant, Shinagawa, and this time we focused on  the magnificent Chaldean Decans, or decanates, whichever you prefer.

This system is based on the Chaldean calendar. The idea is that you can time events in the future using Tarot cards. I love this kind of fortune telling, because you get prediction and timing together.

Coming up soon, I will be offering a Chaldean Decan mini e-course, which will be FREE to Star Tarot Blog and newsletter Subscribers, and Patreon supporters.

If you want to see a much more beautiful version of the Chaldean calendar, see THIS blog post. In the reading on the table above, the member asked when she was getting married. Based on what the Tarot said, and looking at the calendar, what do you think?

Tarot Telesummit

Mass excitement here at Star Tarot as the indefatigable Kim Wilborn announces what promises to be another “Fly Higher, Fly Further” Tarot telesummit: Tarot Horizons. In case you’ve never participated in one of these, they are free to join, and take place live over 5 days, with recorded replays available for 48 hours. Guest speakers are usually pretty fantastic, you definitely learn a lot. My advice is hook yourself up. If you love Tarot, then this is the event for you.

Which is better, to reject and refuse negativity, or to explore difficult emotions?

Tears for those who yearn for liberation © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher

Great Healers often say you should strongly and fully reject and repel negativity, negative people, the shadow and the darkness. Modern-day psychotherapy says that it’s only by fully exploring and acknowledging the darkness inside us that we can be fully integrated human beings. What do you think?

Star Spread: How do I know I have Permission?

Warning: Adult Content, y’all.

How do I know I have permission to succeed and feel fulfilled? Because of course I do have permission, I only need to get out of my own way. So in many ways the spread should be titled: “How do I get out of my own way, already?”

This spread is in Tom Benjamin’s book Tarot on Earth, which I just finished it this morning. It’s an Elemental Dignities spread, where you see how the Element of the card conflicts or complements the Element of the position. I like that. Tom also says that just because two elements clash according to conventional ED theory, it doesn’t actually mean they clash in reality, and can work together rilly well. Take Fire and Water: How you gonna get yourself in a nice hot bath if you don’t heat it up? But then I wonder if conflicting Elements are another case of “The Death Card Doesn’t Always Mean Death, Until of Course it Does”? Sigh. Here we are back at the reason I bought that book in the first place: to learn to use my intuition in a reading, instead of what I have learned empirically.

Speaking of which, let’s crack on and do this bad boy, shall we? What imma gonna do is a kind of hybrid visual language meets learned meanings. Hang on to your ovaries, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Card Interpretation
Spirit: Spare Card. Aha! The Tarot is in cahoots with my Higher Self and saying you can't have that information now. I kind of love it when that happens – which is why I always leave the spare cards in the deck. “Check back later friend.”
Water: Tower. Ben Says that this is actually a lot more like a phallic symbol than a nuclear explosion taking place all over your shit. As this is in the Water aspect of my spread and it's a hard-hitting Fire card I'd say it looks like some jerk just came all over my favourite black shantung blouse. If only I had a black shantung blouse. But actually you know it's about how my emotions just explode everywhere and take me back to ground zero. Looking for equanimity? It's a long way to the top if you want to rock'n'roll.
Fire: Hierophant. My passion is teaching apparently. The only thing is that I'm a Gemini so basically that whole Taurus vibe (Hierophant is Taurus) is a little s-l-o-w for me. Perhaps if I can see the long view that’s how I get to the place I want to be.
Air: Queen of Coins. I kind of despise my own materialism and wanting to succeed. My inner critic basically rules my inner roost. Just look at the way she's glaring at that Spirit position card.
Earth: 8 of Coins. OK good at least here I know I'm on the right track. Here the 8 of Coins looks like a field with flowers in it which is also a back-burner plan of mine. As this is the only card that is aligned with it's positional element and the only Pip to boot (what I feel I can do for myself) maybe this is the clue I've been waiting for.
Topics: There are a lot of Majors here. I seem to think that this situation is kind of out of my grasp and the signifier is the grasping old Queen of Coins. The only pip is the 8 of Coins and I guess that means that I know I'm on the right path.
Overall: So how DO I get out of my own way? I think I have to get over my fear of material success and align myself with a very Taurean view of the future.

Did the reading answer the question? What would you have done differently? Thoughts?

Court Cards – you can’t live with them and you can’t shoot them.

A lot of people have a big fat problem when it comes to Court Cards in the Tarot. As a Tarot teacher I usually advise my students to match each Court Card profile to a person they know, a celebrity, a character from a book or a film. That way, you get to know the Court Cards as individual personalities, which I think makes it a whole lot easier to relate to them and understand what they mean if / when they pop up in a reading. I made a series of YouTube videos and you can watch them via the link on my website HERE.

As you know if you read my post about the Tarot blogs I follow, one of my favourite Tarot writers is Kate, the Daily Tarot Girl. Her latest post was as usual hilarious, irreverent and a strong blast of insight into the Tarot. So if you have ishuze with the Court Cards, I strongly suggest you hop on over to her blog, have a good laugh and never worry about those pesky little buggers ever again. Check it out HERE.

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Tarot de Jacques Vieville from Editions Sivilixi

At the moment I’m reading Tarot on Earth by Tom Benjamin because I want to expand my skills and learn to read the cards using the visual language of the Marseille deck, instead of all the card meanings I learned from books. In order to practice this skill / technique, I need some kind volunteers. So I am offering three free 3-Card readings, in exchange for feedback. This is on a first-come, first-severed basis.  Remember that I am still at a totally experimental level with this, so who knows what could happen? But as with everything Tarot-related, expect the unexpected.  Use the contact form below:

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Metaphysical reasons for injury and illness

I cut my hand with a knife two weeks ago. I was cutting a tomato. I won’t give you the very gory details, but I should have gone to hospital and had stitches. I healed myself with Hypericum 30c homoeopathy, three times a day for 3 days, and lavender EO applied undiluted directly into the wound 5 times a day for 10 days. Now the skin is totally healed but I’m going to have an impressive dent in that place for at least a few months. Above is a picture I made about how I feel about all of that.

I have spent a lot of time trying to work out how that happened, apart from sheer distractedness and clumsiness, and so far I still have nothing but questions:

  • Why do I want to hurt myself?
  • What is the significance of that particular spot?
  • Why my left hand? In many ways, it looks like I made myself a second yoni in my Yin hand.
  • Looking at some charts of hand reflexology, the spot I cut myself on is related to eyes. So as you know, I’m working on developing Medical Intuition, and as I am a hands-on healer, or rather a hands-off healer as I hardly ever touch, I might have opened myself a healing eye in my hand.
  • Looking at acupressure charts (see below) that spot is related to lungs. I feel like there is really nothing wrong with my lungs, however. I’ve just had a chest X-ray and it was clear.
Hand Reflexology chart from handreflexologycharts.com

I know that there are a few books on the topic of metaphysical causes of physical complaints, a couple of which I’ve read. To be honest, I feel as though telling someone they have some symptom like cancer or a broken pelvis because of some inability or cause within themselves feels a lot like blame. I know, as a Tarot card reader, I’m obviously a symbol reader, and as a healer I see causes of illnesses, or at least I know what they are and I understand it all, and basically agree with how it works. Still, it’s all very weird and confusing. I mean, it could be that I simply cut my hand and just leave it at that without having to complicate things searching for any deeper reasons. And maybe, like almost everything in my life right now, there is probably no way of knowing for sure why any of it is happening. However, if anyone has any thoughts, insights or similar experiences, please share.

Oh Lord It’s Rough On This Road

Yes, I am now currently on the road less travelled, and as Kid President says: “And it hurt, man!” but I think it’s ok to lose your shit from time to time. I really feel like when you need to break down you should go ahead and do it, do it like a PRO. Luckily, we all have Tarot in our lives, whether we know it or not.

Today, my card was 7 of Swords, the card of the Hot Steppin’ Murrrderer! Everyone thinks this one is so sly, such a shady number. But often that’s just what you think about yourself. You think you’re the sneaky one and the cheat. Negative self-talk is a tricky one because on one hand, we all need an inner policeman, but on the other, we guard ourselves too much it filters out too much of the ability to expand.

The 7 of Swords is a spy. But a spy never gets the recognition for what he or she does. Just look at James Bond, taking a grilling from M, for example. It takes a lot of work to train to be a spy – look at Black Widow. She doesn’t actually have any superpowers but she is the one that keeps all those other dudes together, she’s the lynchpin.

7 of Swords is just a short step away from the 8 of Swords and that’s a place you really don’t want to go! 7 of Swords says you’re actually going at this with a pneumatic drill when a feather would be better. You need to enjoy your road more, sweetness. You’re doing great. Encourage yourself. It’s rough on this road.

The Identity Ritual

As you already know by now, I’m a massive, massive fan of the Gallery of Magick and so naturally I subscribe to their newsletter. This beautiful thing appeared in my inbox today and I read the whole thing through in one gulp. I am certain to do this ritual in the next few days, and if you are also tempted please share your results below, as I will be doing too, very soon no doubt. Read the whole post on the GoM site HERE or click the picture above..

 

Oils4Life

What a beautiful, deep, subtle, refreshing rose scent this is. I usually use Oils4Life for essential oils as their quality is very fine, the selection is great, the prices are very reasonable and they deliver so fast it’s as if they had biked it round themselves, all the way from Norfolk to Yokosuka. Top notch! Find out about them HERE.