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Tarot Dialogue: Friendship Gone Sour

About 12 years ago I moved from the UK to Japan and let my house out to my friends for a very reasonable rent, in exchange for them taking care of the place and keeping the garden nice, etc. As everyone predicted, the deal has gone south, for a whole array of reasons, and so now I need some guidance.

Not only that, but of course the outside is inside and the inside is outside – see the 9 Axioms of Thoth for further info on that – and so of course dealing with this, or rather not reacting to this in the old, predictable Elise-like ways is really key here. It’s a test, of course it’s a test. *Sigh* If only I had some way to connect with my Higher Self and get the guidance I need. Oh, wait, I’m a Tarot card reader.

Question 1: My first urge is to call on our mutual friends and / or some heavy dudes we know and enlist their help to get the person in question to cough up. I really need the money, dammit! Does the Tarot think that’s a good idea?

Mystical Tarot by Giuliano Costa, published by Lo Scarabeo

Answer: Giving in to urges like that keeps you enslaved to the victim mentality that led you into this situation in the first place. See how it would be the end of your friendship? There is still much to be saved here. The outcome is hidden (I always keep spare cards in the deck to show that the answer is hidden). Unchain yourself from this reactive mindset.

Question 2: All right then, if calling on our friends / the bailiffs to get the person to give me the money that he damn well owes me is not the right move, should I just trust to God, and turn this situation over to HIM, that all of this will end up working itself out? There’s not much else I can do from this distance.

Answer: You’re going at this with a pneumatic drill. The money is here, the money is safe. You’re fine. It’s fine.

So when will I get said money? My air conditioner has just broken down and I had to pay a ton of money for a new cooker and blah-blah-blah…

As you know, because the Tarot is so perfect, we can even make predictions of when that happy event might take place, using the Chaldean Decans. Because the signifier in this spread is the 10 of Disks, we see that the Tarot predicts that it will all be over, red rover, in mid-September. That’s quite far away! but as long as it happens, so much the better.

Question 3: So in the mean time, because I’m the soul of impatience (which is why I always look at the spoilers for Game of Thrones, and also why I use the Tarot for prediction) what can I do to hasten this event?

Answer: Seeing this situation as just one more battle to be won, and allowing yourself to get into petty conflicts with people who are essentially on your side, is what led you to this disaster in the first place. Just accept what’s happening, get out of the way and let events roll on without your meddling.

So that’s pretty unequivocal. Not exactly the answer we were looking for, wouldn’t you agree? But hey. Tarot knows best.

Question 4: What, if any, is the silver lining around this large, black lightning-filled storm cloud?

Answer: The King of Wands has always been the Tarot’s card for my partner. So I should listen to his advice (“Don’t call your friends, silly. Peer pressure would be counter-productive.”) and leave shit to him. Ok, boss.

Are you shocked that the Tarot is happy to talk about such petty topics as money and buying new cookers? Think about it: one quarter of all the cards in the Tarot are Earth cards, which are related to money. The Tarot is an excellent tool for analysing your relationship with money and finance. Try it now, and let us know what the outcome is.

How I Got into Tarot

How did you, dear reader, get into Tarot? When was the first time you saw a Tarot deck in action? People see Tarot as vaguely illicit, bordering on sinister or even downright evil so usually it’s in a secret room somewhere, there may have been drawn curtains or even some candles, about on the same par as smoking dope in the naughty stakes.

When I was a child, my sister was my biggest hero. To me, she seemed to be the epitome of everything a person could hope to become: she  had a lot of silver rings and wore eye-liner, she had tons of friends, she was tall, beautiful, with the best grades in her year and frequent comments on how long her legs were. She was great at sport and she had a horse. Second to my sister in the hero stakes was my cousin, who used to come from Brittany and stay with us nearly every summer. To my 11-year-old mind, there was basically no-one to top those two icons, those pillars of cool, my sister and my cousin. And one year, my cousin bought a Tarot deck with her when she came to stay.

Looking on in awe – because I was never allowed to participate fully – and as I remember, I think they asked questions like: “When are you going to die?” “Is your future husband going to be rich?” And: “When and how are you going to lose your virginity?” After a few tries, they realised that the Tarot wasn’t going to give them the answers they were looking for, and they put the cards away. I then stole them.

Years later, I remember finding them and trying them out for myself and realised how incredibly accurate they were. It was about 5 years later, when I was in my late teens, we were having a dinner party at home. My parents had invited some posh friends, an Admiral in the French Navy and his incredibly well-dressed wife, and I asked if anyone would like a Tarot reading. They all said:

“Oh, what fun! Let’s do it!”

There may even have been some polite clapping.

So I laid the cards out on the bridge table for the Admiral, who had shuffled. I was looking in the little white book and saying: “2 of Disks, this one is you, you can see you are on the water, you are facing your responsibilities, but it’s tough going.” Everyone laughed. “Tell us something we don’t know!” they shouted.

“OK,” I went on, “now we see your wife, she’s, she’s, she’s…”

“She’s what?” Called out my parents in unison.

“Yes, what is she?” asked the Admiral.

“I can’t tell you.” I said.

“Tell us!” Everyone shouted.

“She’s having an affair.”

There was a silence then my mother said:

“I think it’s time for dinner, don’t you think? Come and help me, Elise.”

So I put the cards away and didn’t say another word all evening. The Admiral’s wife was having a very scandalous and public affair, and they were in London trying to patch up their marriage. A few months later, they were divorced.

It was at that moment I realised for the first time that the Tarot wasn’t just some parlour game, and it wasn’t just for over-imaginative, gullible little girls, as most people think. I bought some books and investigated a little more deeply. I found that the answers I was getting to my questions were about 80% consistent with what was actually happening in my life, and recording the readings showed that the predictions were just as accurate. Not only that, but the guidance was shockingly apt. The Tarot would say things like: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “You’re totally out of control with your emotions.” or: “Sex magick is a false road for you. Develop what you’ve got going on now.”

I moved to Japan, my sister is now living in London, and my cousin is based in Thailand. Because she never regarded money or possessions as important, she lived on a beach for many years. She came to visit us a few years ago for Christmas and we all went up to Nagano and had a wonderful hot spring break. I reminded her of the Tarot cards, but she had no recollection of them whatever. I said: “Whatever, I learned the meanings of the cards, would you like a reading?”

The cards that came up for her were ALL about the money: Queen of Disks was her signifier, 4 of Disks, Knight of Disks, you name it, they were all there. I said: “Sorry, but I’m not sure this is a very good reading. It’s all about savings and investments and pensions.” She answered: “That’s my question: should I take out a pension and life insurance to protect my daughter, in case anything should happen to me?”

That’s when I knew that the Tarot is pretty much infallible, and it was during that holiday, while sitting in the outdoor bath one evening, with the Nagano snow piled up all around, and the Moon and Venus shining down upon me, that I made a vow to become a Tarot professional.

So, what about you? How were you introduced to the Tarot? What was your first deck? Do you give readings to other people? When did you realise just how insanely accurate the Tarot is? Comment in the box below.

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.

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Tarot de Jacques Vieville from Editions Sivilixi

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Odilon Redon Exhibition Tokyo

Image: Odilon Redon Mystical Conversation c. 1896 oil on canvas. Image from curator.com.

I went to the last day (sorry, folks!) of the Odilon Redon exhibition in Tokyo. Art historians complain that Redon famously left very few writings on his work. He said that each work should be experienced by the individual differently from other people. Also, that each painting might elicit a different emotional response on different occasions. He wanted his work to allow the viewer to experience the neumatic, what can only be sensed by the soul and cannot be spoken; he wished for his Art to be experienced as a doorway or access to a higher spiritual truth or alternate spiritual dimension. It’s so much like Tarot. Which card do you think the painting above could be? I wonder that there isn’t an Odilon Redon deck, as we have Klimt and Blake decks. Check out other Odilon Redon paintings. What Tarot cards do they represent for you?

Other Tarot Blogs I Love

Two Sides Tarot showing Lioness Oracle Tarot.

I was thinking about just how cool and groovy (yes people still say that) my blog is and thinking I wonder who else is out there in the Tarot blog world that’s sassy and classy (yes they say that also) like me. So I had a little hunt around and found this collection of amazing people.

Camelia Elias

Insightful, masterful, no bullshit, eloquent. Tarot, magic and more.

Mystic Medusa

Basically an Astro blog, but oh my gosh! So insightful and accurate you’ll think she’s been stalking you! Tons of Tarot goodness also.

Daily Tarot Girl

Oh my gosh there is sooo much to read on this blog – great if you have a good few hours on a train. I really liked her Guilty Pleasures post. I wanted to add my ha’penny’s worth but I think the comments were closed. Very funny and cool lady.

Tarot Thrones

All about the Courts. People do actually freak out when you say: “Ok it’s time to learn the Courts”. Still no idea why, IMHO they are much easier to interpret than some of the Majors – yes, Wheel of Fortune, Justice and High Priestess, I’m looking at you! But about Tarot Thrones, it’s not about the GoT deck that came out recently, but still a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read and very helpful and grounding when it comes to the Courts.

Little Red Tarot

This one has the most amazing shop. They have all the decks I have my eye on, and some I’ve never seen before that have jumped on to the queue. The writing is smart and sharp and there is tons to peruse and enjoy.

Little Fox Tarot

This is by far the most stylish of them all. She has a Tarot mixtape made by Theresa Reed and an interview with Rachel Pollack. All you need to know, really.

Two SidesTarot

A great selection of articles and interviews for new readers and advanced. Also some really awesome decks.

Kelly-Ann Maddox

So many freebies to enjoy and so much insight into the Tarot. Highly recommended.

And now it’s your turn! What Tarot blogs do you enjoy? Write your favourites in the box below.

Marseille Bleu

Will you look at this? It’s a hand painted, yes I said hand painted Tarot deck, and a hand painted Lenormand deck. The artist is 282 Tarot and she (I’m guessing she is a she) is on Facebook HERE. She has recently sent the deck off to the printers so I am on the list for snapping one up as soon as it’s back, naturally. Really cannot wait.

Marseille Old and New

Really happy to see these two Marseille decks side by side. Amazing how the old Spanish version has 3 people at the magician’s table, with a dog biting at his fleas below it. What is on that table, I wonder?

The Star Card has also changed so much. At what point did the Alchemist Mage become a nude young woman?

Thanks as always to Tokyo Tarot Meetup, this evening in Yokosuka, for the images.

Just Look at the Darn Cards, Will Ya?

Maman Miyuki’s Tarot de Marseille

Reading through Tom Benjamin’s Tarot on Earth ahead of next month’s Tokyo Tarot Book Club Event, I’m excited to begin reading what I actually see on the table (or in this case bed) instead of what I know.

In this spread, I asked about the nature of the relationship with the people I work with. So what do we actually SEE?

The significator is the central card. We see people meeting face to face and two cups. But they are separated by some ornate stem flower in a red vase – the Yoni is in the room! Below is the world surrounded by a whole botanical garden of foliage and encased in more ornamentation than a German Rococo church. The little fishy-monsters are looking at each other but showing their teeth. So this spread is about socialising, or not, and the pressures of the world underlying the urge towards potential friendships.

On the left we see a lot of cups upside down. There are upset emotions and cups that are not charged. In the centre is a little blue flower with a red centre… another Yoni, but feeling cold, it seems.

On the right is the 9 of Coins. Money or plates are on the table, and the door is open, but there is something barring the way, another something, a mirror, a world,  or a face that is separate from the rest, in the middle but enclosed in a fancy wall. At the risk of becoming tiresome, it’s a Yoni wall!  The flower buds reach out top and bottom, so there is potential for events to unfold, but even though the roots of the flowers connect, there is nothing happening yet and one person is being kept separate from the others.

So we are seeing a disconnection of people based on the tight constraints of the world. The left side (female) feels upset and that the wine is being wasted. The right side (male) feels that the central face needs to be kept apart, but it’s difficult because that person is right in the midst of everyone.

A pretty bang-on description of what is going on at work currently, I’d say. And all I did was look at the darn cards. Thanks, Tom Benjamin. This is a seriously great tool.