Wednesday, 30 January 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 4

You're going on a journey......
and acquiring an expensive habit
Question 4: How long have you been reading the Tarot?

 Bought my first Tarot deck yonks ago - but couldn't read with it without referring to the Little White Book, which is no way to read Tarot cards!

 I joined TABI (The Tarot Association of The British Isles) in, I think, 2003 and undertook their training course. I could read the cards competently after that.

However, it's an ongoing process - you are always learning and discovering something new to add to your knowledge about the cards.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Here's looking at you, Court

Honestly, I'm wearing a battered fedora and the smoke from a cigarette drifts nonchalantly from the corner of my mouth as I utter those words to you.  Look *points to Ingrid Bergman in the corner*.

This post has got nothing to do with fedoras, fags or Casablanca.  It's about the courts.  Of course.

I find that working with the direction that a Court Card is facing can yield some interesting interpretative options to your Tarot readings.

Here are a couple of random samples from the DruidCraft's court:



The Queen of Wands doesn't seem in the least perturbed by the galloping of her Prince (the equivalent of the more usual Knight) towards her at a great rate of knots.  He is moving towards her - so for me he's riding home.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Tarot Podcast No: 3

This is the podcast that I made from the Talk Tarot show that was broadcast by Radio Bute on Monday, 21 January.

It lasts about 30 minutes - but you can download it and play it off-line.  I'd imagine that it's excellently soporific!!

I would love to hear from you if you've got any ideas or improvements that I can make.

Or even just a moosical dedication that you'd like to hear :-)

https://soundcloud.com/alison-cross/tarotpodcast3

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 3



Question 3 in the Tarot Challenge:

Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?

I think that most Tarotists develop the compulsion to add to their deck collections!  Sometimes it is just the amazing art that attracts you to a deck, sometimes it's a system or mythology that you love to work with.  Sometimes it's just the thrill of the new.  Yes, I am a Tarotholic.  I am only about 4 days 'clean' and not anticipating to run to many more.  I love, love, new decks!

I do have a favourite.  Actually, a couple of favourites.

My comfy-slippers deck is the Rider Waite Smith - either the Original or the Centenary Edition.  Yes, they're pretty much identical, but the Queen of Swords looks a lot less po-faced in the Centenary Edition, I think!

I have loved the DruidCraft Tarot since I first laid eyes on it and I can honestly say that I use it every single day.  I love the ethos behind it.  I love the art of Will Worthington beyond words.  

I am his biggest fan.  *said in same tone of voice as Kathy Bates in Stephen King's Misery* :-D

I've used The Druidcraft in lots of posts on this blog - too numerous to list!

My newest love is Alexander Daniloff's Tarot which I love TO DEATH.  It's one of those decks that just sings out to me - the colour, the style of the artwork, the humorous touches.  Right up my Tarot street! I've already written about his Court Cards - you can check them out here

I'm also a teeny bit in love with the Lenormand Revolution Oracle by Roz Foster and Carrie Paris.  Again, I am absolutely loving Roz Foster's artwork across the cards.  The overall effect is a consistent, clean and damned attractive deck.  Now all I need to do is learn how to read with it!

A good Tarot deck is, for me, something that has plenty of symbolism in it to get the ol' juices flowing as far as intuition goes.  

I'm increasingly drawn to old decks - perhaps I'm searching for interpretations, lost over the years and hundreds of decks that have now been published.

So - why don't you tell me what YOUR favourite Tarot deck is - give me a link to it.  Help me feed my addiction :-D

Monday, 21 January 2013

Just keep swimming......

Paddling like mad?
So, I haven't fallen down some cunningly-disguised rabbit hole in the park.  I'm still here, but still not quite mastering the juggling act that is required for my life right now.

Some people make it all look so seamlessly easy, but I wonder whether they are like swans - all glamour on the surface, but paddling like crazy beneath the water line:

Or maybe they've got a nanny.  Or a woman that Comes In And Does.

I can live without a nanny - Sonshine goes to secondary school now.  Although I admit there are some evenings when he sits plaintively next to the computer, willing me to drag myself away from the flickering blue screen and down to the kitchen to make some food.

Hmmm - maybe I should still consider a nanny.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Who are you?

Prince of Coins: Transformational Tarot
Arnell Ando
Before I get stuck in to this blog post there's something I need to say:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!  *blows party tooter and offers every reader a small glass of sherry*

It's a new year and we tend to commit ourselves to doing all manner of impractical things at New year.

For example, I have a friend who has vowed to do one more sit up every day with a view to being able to do 365 sit ups at the end of the year.  And have a stomach like a washboard.  We're not even into double digits in January and she has already fallen by the wayside.

I myself have decided to throw myself into my Mid Life Crisis by asking for a Tarot Radio Show on my local community radio station (Radio Bute - Mondays 2pm GMT).  I have completed one show - pre-recorded to avoid huge chasms of dead airtime., the jangling of my bracelets and the odd inadvertent profanity.  It's not easy, but it's a huge amount of fun!

So, to the exercise - who are you?!
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