Friday, 21 December 2012

Yule Blog Hop | 12 Oracles of Christmas

Hello and welcome to my blog *plumps up the velvet cushion on best chair*  You may just have moseyed in here by chance or be studiously working your way through the 22 blogs taking part in this Yule hop.  Christiana Gaudet is the blog before me and Arwen Lynch is the blog after me.  Whichever way you reach me, I am really pleased to see you here!

My blog focuses on the Tarot court and the theme of the Yule blog hop is 'Christmas Presents'.  So I thought that my Christmas Present to YOU on this blog is a short slideshow (featuring the Courts - of course!) outlining 12 great Tarot and Oracle decks that you might want to PRESENT to yourself! Maybe as a little treat to yourself for just GETTING THROUGH THE SEASON WITHOUT RESORTING TO MURDERING A FAMILY MEMBER :-D

Grab  coffee and enjoy the show!

Monday, 17 December 2012

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 2

DAY 2:  What was your first deck and why/how did you get it?

The first deck that I bought was back in the 1980s and it was a Marseilles Tarot.  I bought it, not because I was drawn to the artwork, but because it was the only Tarot deck that I could find in Glasgow.

Why did I get it? I can't remember what spurred me into buying it....probably a desire to be Solitaire in Live and Let Die ...... or maybe an episode of Tales of the Unexpected?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dark Moon | Haindl Tarot | Pixie's Astounding Lenormand

So I thought that since it was the dark moon before Christmas it would be a good idea to see who is going to be helping me get through this stressful - but fun - time.

I selected the court cards from the Haindl deck - the first proper deck that I bought myself, before I started learning the cards properly - and using a card from Pixie's Astounding Mlle Lenormand as an amplifier.

Monday, 10 December 2012

30 Day Tarot Challenge

Beginner's Tarot Mind!
I found this over on Tumblr at the end of last week and thought that it might be fun to do.  However, I won't be making blog posts about myself on a daily basis, but will take 30 days in total to do the challenge.

The challenge originated here:

So the first question is:

Q1:  What got you introduced/involved in Tarot

Like lots of people, I had a dabble with the tarot when I was much younger.  I bought a Marseille Tarot deck from a lovely bookshop in Glasgow (John Smith & Sons) which sadly went defunct with the arrival of Borders and Waterstones in the city.

I couldn't read them without referring to the LWB!  It was a lot of fun, but I didn't really gel with the images on the cards - but there was simply no choice around at the time.

Everything was going swimmingly with my readings until I did one that indicated The Empress (ie my mother) was going to be the Incoming Influences and in the likely outcome Temperance Rx indicated that I might be unwell.  Well, who wants to be ill? I put the cards away and forgot about it.

Within weeks, my appendix burst spectacularly and I was rushed into hospital.  On discharge from hospital, I was looked after by my mother.

I know.


I was ill for 10 weeks after the operation - a swab had been left inside me.  I thought I'd never feel well again.

So the cards were put away in a bag in a drawer and never looked at again until....

I watched a TV programme with Jane Ross and Michelle Knight.  Michelle was teaching Jane to read Tarot cards and I just fell in love.

Tefcat on the Children of Artemis website recommended that I join TABI to learn how to read properly.

I joined.

And TABI went on to form a core part of my Tarot development :-)

Now - YOU have a go!

Friday, 7 December 2012

2013 | Getting Ready!

The Dream Enchantress Tarot
Lo Scarabeo
Next year is 2013.  It's less than 30 days away!! I *know*.  WHERE did 2012 go?!

If you add up the digits in 2013, you can see that it's a six year - the Lovers.  Which means, to me, that we're all deciding what we REALLY want next year.

Oh sure, we can have nice shoes and buy as many handbags and bottles of perfume as the bank manager will allow, but really, that hollow feeling inside you won't be filled by a new lipstick.  Or even a packet of Kitkats.

Looks like next year is going to be about making better decisions to help us fill that void and raise our spritual consciousness.  Man.  *waves hands about like a drug-addled hippy.  Or Keith Richards.  It's sort of the same thing*

But what of your personal odyssey in 2013?

Monday, 3 December 2012

SFX Challenge | Game of Thrones

A while back I stumbled upon a site called SFX and a competition that they were running for people to design Tarot cards incorporating the characters from the Game of Thrones books (or TV show).

Since MY Game of Thrones is a nod and a wink to the OTHER Game of Thrones I thought that I'd share the finalists' images with you (with permission from SFX)

There are a few here that I'd LOVE to see worked up into a Tarot deck, they have such nice technique!

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