Monday, 29 February 2016

The Pages | Handling Your Anger

I know that you will probably disagree, but honestly, the Tarot's court cards can be your friends, if you let them!

I thought I'd take a look at the Deadly Sins (surprisingly, none of them is Facebook - although it should be!) and today WRATH seemed most suitable.

Mostly I'm a peaceable sort of creature, but every now and again I can become splenetic with rage and for anyone in the vicinity (whether they are involved in the scenario or not) I am ashamed to say that I can be utterly unreasonable.

Sometimes it's not a sudden venting ... sometimes it's a low simmer that one must feed; endlessly stoking the angry fires, as Robert Burns so memorably describes the sulky, sullen Kate in his epic poem Tam O'Shanter "nursing her wrath to keep it warm."

Letting it all erupt like Vesuvius isn't good, but neither is bottling it up - that's a heart-attack waiting to happen! But I think that there are constructive ways to experience and handle anger ... and so I asked the four Pages what they had to say about it all.

So, Pages can represent beginnings and messages ... here we go!

Page of Swords

Page of Swords | US Games LtdBegin to communicate and articulate your anger.  Start to name your emotions.  It's not enough to throw plates and have a screaming match. What's REALLY behind your anger - has your ego been pricked? Are you frightened? Are you jealous? Are you embarrassed or ashamed?

Let your anger serve its purpose.  It's a message that something deeper, such as hurt or fear, needs to be addressed.

Page of Wands

Page of Wands | US Games Ltd | Tarot Thrones
Begin to exercise and be active.  Furious with facebook? Fling on your running shoes or walking boots and go for a brisk half an hour outside. Get creative with it: want to batter your husband with a frying pan? *looks guilty*  Pull on your boxing gloves and give that punch-bag a blinkin' good thumping! Exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels.

I truly believe that women do not have enough opportunities to be SAFELY aggressive - boxing, martial arts, rugby, football ... we can benefit from being really physical through play.  If in doubt, thump a pillow into submission :)

Page of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles | US Games Ltd | Tarot Thrones
Be aware of what's going on in your body.  Is your pulse up? Is your stomach in a knot? Are your shoulders so tense that they are up around your ears?!  What happens first? Can you catch your early anger signs and take control?

Getting yourself some breathing space before you respond to triggers is also helpful. The Page of Pentacles would also suggest, I think, learning to meditate, becoming mindful of the processes that you are experiencing.

Page of Cups 

Page of Cups | US Games Systems Ltd | Tarot Thrones
Begin to forgive.  Begin to be loving.

Yes, I know, how very BLEEDING HEART liberal of me :-D

Of course, it's not always appropriate to forgive - nothing can make you feel worse than some pious ninny telling you that you need to forgive someone when the only place you really want to bury the hatchet is IN THE BACK OF THEIR HEAD.

Byron Katie | Loving What Is | Tarot Thrones book amazon link
Amazon link!
If you can't quite stretch to forgiveness, that's fine! Begin to think about what is making you angry in a way that does not send your blood-pressure spiralling.  I cannot recommend step-by-step query process from Loving What Is by Byron Katie highly enough >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>look >>>>>

Cups are the suit of relationship and this includes your relationship with yourself.  If you can recognise that you are struggling to find ways to control your anger, and it's at such a level that you are damaging your relationships or your health, it's perfectly OK,  actually advisable, to get help from outside sources.

So there you have it - just four court cards and the most minor ones at that.  Imagine what all 16 might be able to suggest!

Do you get angry? What works for you?  *I need all the help I can get*

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Tarot of The Masters | Lo Scarabeo

I am getting to grips with my imovie, although not quite confident enough yet to hit you with the full effect of my Glasgow accent.  But maybe one day :-D

Anyhoo - here is my latest offering, based on the court cards of Lo Scarabeo's Tarot of The Master.  A really pretty deck that, I think, I heard about from Anastasia Hayler.  It's a 78-card deck with semi-illustrated pips that are absolutely charming!

Monday, 22 February 2016

February Full Moon | Princess of Cups

The full moon of February is known by various names - Snow Moon, Wolf Moon and Hunger Moon (Northern Hemisphere) and Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Wyrt Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon and Barley Moon if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.

I'm in the Northern Hemisphere and Wolves are a bit thin on the ground here in Scotland. I don't have any snow (at the moment) and since I'm in the throes of trying to cut down on the amount that I'm eating, I thought I'd plump for the Hunger Moon!

The spread is just a one-carder gem and only uses the 16 court cards as my deck :)

Who helps me successfully handle my hunger pangs from now until the next full moon?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

S L MacGregor Mathers| Etteilla | Court Cards

I'm all about spreading the Court Card luff, as you know, so here are a couple of useful things that I picked up the other day from a slender volume called The Tarot by S L MacGregor Mathers.

Yes, you know, the Golden Dawn guy.  Right at the back of the book, under the heading 'Special Insights' I noted the following:

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chinese Elements | The Fire Monkey Year

In the West, we tend to use the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  However, this is not the only system of elements available and as we move into the Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey, I thought that we could take a look at their elements.

Why the interest in China? Well, hubby has just relocated there for maybe the next two years and, with any amount of luck, I'll be able to go and visit him from time to time (worry not! he will still be coming home every eight weeks, for eight weeks!) but I am delving into all things Chinese.  And you cannot escape my burgeoning interest in all things Chinese either!  :-D

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