Tarot Workshops + 21 Card Spread [ The Three Sevens ]

CARAS 20TH ANNIVERSARY:
On Tuesday, Nov 16 I went to El Convento in Old San Juan for the Caras 20th anniversary party. The hotel was jam packed with glamorous attendants and a few local celebrities scattered here and there. They had high end catering and open bars distributed all along the interior spaces. It felt good to kick off the working attire and connect with others. I met a model that was working on getting his gig in the media of the Caribbean. For most of the event I connected with work mates of my mother’s.



Good times!


Last night I went out to a quiet dinner with a very special guy. 



"I love her to the moon and back."


TAROT WORKSHOPS
November 07th, 2010:
What a wonderful experience! They begun on November 7th, 2010, with a general introduction of what tarot is. I found myself to be the youngest in the group of about twelve women. One man. I learned that the Major Arcana (0-XXII) mean human emotions overall, and are generally considered to be the cards that weigh the most in a tarot reading. Additionally, if a court card follows suit, it could be pointing out another person in your life. If it is in the present, it is likely to be a lover. 



From 09:00 A.M. until 01:00 P.M. we discussed the layers of the universe, the purpose of tarot, personal calling, meanings, spreads, and corresponding deities from antiquity. At 01:30 P.M., we had lunch and got to know each other a little better. From 02:00 P.M. until about 03:30 P.M. we broke off into pairs for individual readings. I paired up with Victor, whose presence radiated tranquility. He didn’t really need the cards all that much because he already knew a great deal about me intuitively. After the exercise, I tried meditation for the first time… and failed miserably to quiet my mind! Afterwards, I sat in for a sweet business meeting.

November 14th, 2010:
I helped my boss set up again. By now the students had warmed up to talk amongst themselves more comfortably. The lesson dealt with a detailed explanation of the chakras and how to read them, reading cards in sync, and the power of healing stones. We also covered proper care to one’s tarot cards and the utensils needed to prepare the proper ambience. During lunch, I found that all the other students had a gift or had figured out how to pry open their third eye. My boss shared an experience that Victor had during the week, in which he claims he got to see into his past life. Then he shared the details of a heart operation that left us all cold and shivering. I had a chance to talk to the ladies in the first row; one of them told me bone-chilling stories to do with her experience with specters. The other one shared that she believed it was her personal calling to learn tarot, or so she had been told in messages she received one way or another. They all had beliefs and experiences that tied them to the esoteric world, and I found myself to be one of them.

After lunch, we formed a circle to watch a reader and a client. I was the first to be read, my partner was a lovely Leo by the name of Amaryllis. When she flipped the cards I almost fell off my seat! I was expecting to see love dilemmas and emotional turmoil, but instead a very different matter was brought to my attention. I had before me a wide array of swords, coins, and Major Arcana denoting intense feelings. When it was my turn to do the readings, I put my beloved Vertigo Tarot to the test, and was pleased to find that it cuts like the sword of truth.
We all exchanged contact info and agreed to meet up for a progress review later on. Afterwards, Xavier and I sat on the big cushion by the botanicals and talked about metaphysics until the bosses were ready for our business meeting.

Eternally greatful for this wonderful experience! Thank you, Marilyn and Patricia for making it possible!


21 CARD SPREAD:
This is a very general spread used when you have a client that is kind of quiet or does not have a specific question to ask. The way I see it, this spread tells one general story with three cycles composed of past, present, future. It will shed more light on an issue you didn’t quite think you had or it will clarify things are going as you suspected them to. Excellent spread, my personal favorite. It is also called the three sevens.

Past:
(01) The Tower: Being shaken up, bringing down beliefs that have been so well constructed. Making room for something new to be built.
(02) Inverted King of Wands: In this case a person, dark skinned. Severe, jealous, but with a good heart. Taking life less seriously.
(03) The World: A successful conclusion. Feeling whole and satisfied.
(04) Inverted 3 of Swords: Feeling lost, isolation, severe consequences, withdrawing from that which harms.
(05) Inverted Six of Cups: Bringing new perspectives and opportunities, learning from the past.
(06) Inverted Four of Cups: Emotional break-up, disillusion, unhappiness.
(07) The Emperor: Being direct and guileless, and often all too irresistible. Sitting on the throne of representation, yet feeling bound to it as a trap.
Interpretation: From the looks of it, these things are finally coming to pass, but not without a warning of entrapment and lack of satisfaction. After spending a few months harvesting a new friendship and bond, that bond was severed and it led to  being forced to see things from a different perspective, even if sentiments dictated otherwise. Be as it may, one learns from the past and keeps these things in check as new situations surface.  The wounds will heal, change will come and it will be positive according to the World card.

Present:
(08) Queen of Cups: Developing a romance. Intuitive, problem solver, affectionate, can be moody.
(09) Ace of Swords: Awakening for new challenges. Feeling ready to talk, discuss, solve.
(10) Inverted Page of Cups: Overly sensitive, temporary stage of weakness.
(11) Three of Wands: Having invested passion into something, waiting for the product to come back. Progress, feeling proud and powerful.
(12) Knight of Wands: Planning a trip or a new career, being motivated to take charge.
(13) Inverted Star: Frustrated hopes, bad luck, incomprehension, waiting instead of acting. Temporary difficulty to express oneself.
(14) The Empress: Healing and abundance.
Interpretation: After the hard times comes the period of healing and nurturing. Things are once more straightening up, and we feel ready to talk about the things that concern us. Plans are made, directions change, and a temporary inability to express certain sentiments will soon come to pass. This seems to be a present period of contemplation and interaction in order to set things straight.

Future:
(15) Death: A radical transition or end.
(16) The Hermit: Turning inwards for solace and knowledge. Contemplating.
(17) Six of Swords: Leaving difficulties behind. Change of scenery may be a solution. There is an answer, so don’t stress it.
(18) Inverted Nine of Pentacles: Feeling disappointed temporarily.
(19) The Chariot: An internal war, opposing thoughts pulling in different directions. Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, or circumstances.
(20) Eight of Wands: Things moving quickly. Revel in and handle everything. Move, change, do.
(21) Seven of Wands: Stand your ground, don’t give up in the face of adversity.
Final Interpretation: Things always seem to happen in a chain of events, so I’m not surprised to find that the situation will be moving quickly. More changes are coming, of a nature I can’t quite tell. I’m going to need to think thing over properly, and to clear my head of any doubt that may be floating around in my thoughts. I am going to have to keep a present mind and be ready for when the opposing sentiments come. On one hand, this reading suggests thinking things through, on the other I see a lot of changing environments and hasty decisions coming up that simply need to be made. All is fine, all is going as it should. 

This is fun.

Coming up:
01. Thanksgiving with the Zúñiga Luna folks
02. Yes or No Spread
03. Work in progress
04. To-Do List
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