Wednesday, 27 February 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 7

Tarot Thrones:  3 Cups from Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda RavenscroftQuestion 7: What is my favourite card (both in terms of the decks artwork and divination meaning)

Ooooh this is a tricky one!  How can you select a favourite card from the 78 available? And then how can I pick one image from the hundreds of decks out there?!

Initially, I was going to say that it must be Death that is my favourite card, because when I'm buying a new deck, Death is one of the cards that I go straight to, to see how the artist has rendered it.  If Death appeals to me, then the chances are all the other ones are looking good too!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Page of Pentacles | Tarot Newsletter

Tarot Thrones | Alexander Danlioff Page of Pentacles
Me and my Tarot newsletter - minus the tights
Yes, another Tarot goal for this year is struck off the first tee with a satisfying thwack! Sure, I'm still at the first hole (well, on the fairway somewhere!), but you know, Rome wasn't built in a day :-D  and at least I'm not in the rough!

Golfing metaphors aside - I sent out my first Tarot newsletter.  *toots party tooter. waves small flag*

You can sign up for it over there on the right hand info bar *points* and I absolutely promise you that your details will remain with me and never be given to any strange men that profer me envelopes stuffed with money.  Or cake.  Mind you, who would want the sort of cake that can be stuffed in an envelope?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Feeling like....The Knight of Wands...wayhay!

Count Lilac - Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
It has been half term here - now over, thank goodness!

School holidays are not my favourite time because I still have the same amount of work to do, but only now with a small boy hanging over my shoulder telling me how bored he is.

I sometimes wish that I'd had more than one child - even if they didn't play together well, they could have at least entertained themselves by fighting like cat and dog.


Last week I did something that was entirely Knight of Wands....

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Mary K Greer | Interview

I thought I'd give you something really lovely that doesn't put a single inch on your hips for Valentine's Day.  And here it is - my Tarot Court interview with Mary Greer! I hope that you enjoy it:

I asked top Tarot author Mary K Greer whether she would like to answer some Court Card questions for Tarot Thrones and, ever gracious, she agreed:

Mary – thank you so much for agreeing to answer questions for my Court Card blog.

I endeavour NOT to use your ideas and exercises on my own Court Card blog here, but, more often than not, when I re-read your book, Understanding the Tarot Court (UTTC) I realise that you got there YEARS before me! I apologise for inadvertently using your work – you really have created the Go-To book for working with the Tarot Court.   There doesn't seem to be any aspect of working with the Courtly characters that you have left unexplored, how did that book come about?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 6

This Game of Thrones | 30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 6
Celtic Cross Tarot Spread
What do you think of it?
The question for Day 6 of the Challenge is:  What was the first Tarot spread that you learned?

I can't actually remember, but the one that DOES stick in my mind is the Celtic Cross spread from the TABI Training course, so that must have been one of the first.

And when you think about it, the Celtic Cross tarot spread looks nothing like a real Celtic Cross, does it?

Monday, 11 February 2013

Tarot Thrones on Soundcloud! Podcast: 4

Alison Cross, Tarot podcast 4 on Soundloud, for 28 Jan 2013
Find Tarot Thrones on Soundcloud
Here's the podcast that I made from my Tarot radio show on Radio Bute on 28 January 2013.  If you want to hear how I handled this week's reading, dive right on in there!  If you need to get to sleep, well, it might do the same job - either way, I'll be thrilled if you take a listen :-)

https://soundcloud.com/alison-cross/radiobutetarotpodcast4

These podcasts will only be up for approx 3 weeks before being deleted, but you can download them to listen to later.

Ali x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 5

Tarot, 30 Day Tarot challenge, Tarot Thrones
My first Tarot client wore these!
Any time I see red Dr Ms, I think of her :-)
Question:  When and where did you give your first reading?

My first proper, paid reading was at Witchfest in Glasgow.  Can't remember the year, but there were two other stalwarts from TABI who had travelled up from England to take part in this annual event.

I was as nervous as a very nervous thing.  In fact, I'd say I was as nervous as the MOST nervous thing and as we set up our reading stations I realised that I was the most poorly prepared of the trio.

Well, it was my first time!

The tables were using as reading stations were pretty tatty and my colleagues produced the most wonderful reading cloths and swathes of silk to prettify their stalls.  I had nothing.  Well, I had a supermarket plastic bag and I contemplated turning it inside out and using that. Even I knew that would look even more rubbish than the chewing-gum bobbled tabletop. In the end I just went with the naked table. Brave.

My colleagues had bowls of sweets, business cards and a myriad of different decks.  I had my Rider Waite Smith.  And was developing perspiration stains under my arms.

Soon there were lots of people queuing up for readings, but such was my nervousness, I kept directing my potential sitters to the other two readers.

Then the lovely Sharon announced that she and the other reader were going for a cup of tea.  Basically, to force me to read!  Well, I'm assuming it was that.  Maybe they were just fed up with me looking like a frightened puppy in the corner.

And so it came to pass that a very sweet girl wearing purple feathery wings and red Doc Marten boots (and other clothes!) became my first paid reading.

It was nerve-racking - but really good fun!

She was very pleased with her reading - and that was it!  I've never looked back.

So, you know what's coming next.....tell me about YOUR first Tarot reading! Was it fun? Was it a disaster?




Friday, 1 February 2013

Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop | Fire in the belly

Tarot Thrones blog:  The Queen of Wands (Thoth Tarot)
My inspiration!
 The theme for Imbolc's Tarot bog hop is 'what is in your belly'.

If this is your first time to my blog, you are very welcome indeed.  This Game of Thrones (AKA Tarot Thrones) focuses on the Tarot court cards and aims to make them fun and accessible.  Come in and sit down *dusts down a comfy armchair and offers it*

You may have hopped here from Chloe's Celtic Lenormand or from Donna's blog.

So, what's in my Tarot belly for 2013?

So much!  Too much maybe!  Which Tarot Court has a lot of fire in her belly? The Queen of Wands!

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