Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop | Fire in the belly

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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!

The Queen of Wands says:  It’s not enough to simply have fire in your belly, you must birth it too!  Set yourself – and the world! – on fire with your passions! She urges you to ignite, light and heat the world around you.  Will you do that?

Here’s how I plan to!

1  The Tarot Thrones blog!
I started this blog in 2012 and really enjoy writing it – although writing solely about the Tarot Courts can be taxing! If you know anyone who would like a little help with how to use tarot cards (courts especially!), I’d love it if you could point them in my direction.  Also, if you have any questions that you would like me to tackle, just drop me a message and I’m happy to write something especially for you!

2  The Glasgow Tarot Meet Up Group!
I took over as Administrator for this group over a year ago and we have gone from an initial meeting of three people to 20+ regularly meeting up monthly to explore the wonderful world of Tarot.  I deliver all the 2 hour sessions at the moment, but it is part of the fire in my belly for 2013 to organise a whole weekend of Tarot for the membership – speakers, authors, the whole nine yards!   Now that we have found a spiritual home with the Glasgow Theosophical Society, I really feel that we can get something off the ground!  Is that something that you would like to be involved in? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

3  Tarot website work
I am very lucky to work with some wonderful Tarot authors and artists, running their websites and assisting with their on-line presence.  It would really stoke the creative fire in my belly to have some more Tarot or art orientated clients in 2013 as I love supporting their work and, of course, as a Tarotist I’m already in the zone as to what your requirements might be.

4  Tarot work!
I was the Chairman of the Tarot Association of The British Isles for over four years *twitches involuntarily* πŸ™‚  Only joking, I loved it, of course, and always gave 110% effort – putting TABI’s needs above my own, as far as Tarot work (and heck, yes, even my family in some instances!).  In 2013 it’s time for me to focus on my own career.  Getting everything off the ground again isn’t easy, but the Queen of Wands is a useful woman for prodding me!

I’m also booked to provide a session on Court Cards at Kim Arnold’s UK Tarot Conference in October – which will be very exciting! I’ve lectured in Business Studies at college before and run a few conferences for TABI, but never been asked to speak at Tarot Conference before – so I’m really looking forward to that!  Maybe even see you there?!

5  Tarot e-books!
Gone are the days when you had to have a publisher agree to take on your work – nowadays it’s all about e-commerce and self-publishing.  I’ve got lots of ideas for useful Tarot e-books, so that’s a fire in my belly for 2013 too!

5  My own Oracle deck!
This last point is what fires me up the most about 2013.  The greatest fire in my belly is to create my own Oracle deck.  I’ve been in the Tarot world for 10 years now – a great many of them have involved reviewing and writing about Tarot books and decks.  I’ve got pretty clear ideas about what makes a good working deck.  And so I’m creating my own.

The research and writing part of the development is mostly done and I’m already blessed with an artist who is keen to be involved in the project – providing he can fit it in to his busy schedule! At the moment, the illustrations for the cards are just my own sketches, but a good artist will make it look a whole lot better!

So, that’s the fire in my belly for Imbolc – what’s the fire in YOUR belly, this Spring?  Will you be able to do as the Queen of Wands commands?!

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Alison Cross

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Joanne · 8th February 2013 at 3:46 am

That's certainly a full creative plate, there, Ali. I like all of it. And you forgot the radio show! I especially like the e-books idea for you; you can translate some of your teaching from our FB groups and make some change on it for a change, for one.

Oh, and that Queen of Wands. Nice reminder, that. Especially since the Thoth astrology puts me in that seat. I just have to remember to pay attention to the fire and stoke it.

2013, here we come!

Creole Moon Tarot · 6th February 2013 at 9:03 am

Holy cow woman, you've got sextuplets on the way lol! I love how Sharon made the association between that and the Lovers card! I am so excited for you, this Queen of Pents could use a few of the coals to light a bit more of a fire under her ar$* LOL! You rock!

Vivianne · 4th February 2013 at 9:41 am

So now take a healthy pinch of the Knight of Pentacles to make it all happen. What about your radio show ? πŸ™‚

    alisoncross · 4th February 2013 at 10:34 am

    Perhaps more than a pinch is needed lol! Ah yes, the Radio Show – forgot about that – extending to 2 hours as from next week! And possibly extending my skillz by learning to work the equipment to do things LIVE!

    Ali x

    Inner Whispers · 4th February 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Oh, wow, that sounds exciting and scary and amazing! πŸ˜€

    alisoncross · 4th February 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Today I did the Story Time slot this morning – an hour spent chatting to very small people through the radio. LIVE. With the music and the volume sliders and THREE children's story books. I was ACTING and EVERYTHING!

    It was BRILLIANT and SCARY and I'm using too many capital letters, even for me…… πŸ™‚

    Inner Whispers · 4th February 2013 at 7:15 pm

    *mega-impressed face* πŸ˜€

Cat Dubh · 2nd February 2013 at 8:25 am

Well now, I am very excited about your Oracle project, Ali! And speaking at a Tarot Conference!! I so wish I could attend some of these things. Anyway, keep us posted about the Oracle. Will definitely want a copy of that, to add to my collection………….I know I will love it! As for the fire in my own belly……I am writing more and more……where ever that may lead!? Goddess bless the work! <3

    alisoncross · 2nd February 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Susan – it would be wonderful if you could make it over to the Conference as Chloe will be there too. It's a nice crowd of people that go to Kim's Conference. I'm a bit anxious about travelling on my own, but what the heck – it's only London!!!!

    I hope to start putting up blog posts about my Oracle in the next few weeks – with just my own images – so that people can see what it's about.

    Glad to see that you are writing more and more! It can only lead to somewhere GOOD!

    Ali x

    Inner Whispers · 2nd February 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Ooh, can't wait to start seeing the posts – most exciting! πŸ™‚

Sharon · 1st February 2013 at 9:02 pm

Go you! Look at all that fire in your belly! πŸ™‚

You know you have six projects there which is fab for the year 2013 (6. The Lovers). The number six also adds more awesomeness to the notion of following your heart and to expressing yourself with a passion, or to passionately expressing yourself concerning some thing you love πŸ˜€

    alisoncross · 2nd February 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Sharon – I also forgot to add in about the Tarot radio show – so make of that what you will lol! I like the idea of having more awesomeness added!! *fist bumps Sharon* <- that's not rude, is it?

    Ali x

Carla · 1st February 2013 at 8:05 pm

That is an amazing list you've got there! Right now I'm just singing to the soundtrack of 'Hair' and eating chocolate cake. Maybe at some point the Queen of Wands will light a fire under my butt, but for now I'm feeling more 9 of Cupsy. πŸ™‚

    alisoncross · 2nd February 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, I could just envisage you with some hippy garb on, seated in the lotus position, typing up your Imbolc Blog hop post, Carla!

    *extends hand for slice of chocolate cake. Or Carla's crumbs* πŸ˜€

    Ali x

Tarot By Arwen · 1st February 2013 at 6:20 pm

Yes yes yes! πŸ˜€ Queen of Wands is ready to rock and roll.

Inner Whispers · 1st February 2013 at 6:00 pm

Wow, what a lot of amazing tarot and oracle plans. As a total deckaholic, I'm very much looking forward to your deck already! And hope to see you at the Tarot Conference, too πŸ˜€

    alisoncross · 2nd February 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I'm looking forward to seeing you too – it should be a lot of fun!

    This year is going to be tough for me as my Tarot work conflicts with other things. But I'm soldiering on anyway!

    Ali x

Ania · 1st February 2013 at 4:35 pm

Good luck. It's great to see such enthusiasm. Most of my fire has been fairly effectively put out by torrential rain and leaky plumbing.

    alisoncross · 2nd February 2013 at 5:13 pm

    it will return – the enthusiasm – hopefully not the rain nor dodgy plumbing πŸ™‚

    Ali x

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