I’ve been feeling this compulsive need to sit down and write. Because of that, I’m going to side step my monumental blog post queue and share something more fresh and personalized with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy it, as it will give you an inside look at my day-to-day. Most importantly, it’ll give you an inside look into how I read my cards as a visual system. This is a technique any reader can benefit from no matter where they are at in their journey with cards. It works with tarot, oracles and whatever you wish to use. It tunes you into body language, which is about 70% of human communication. The rules apply also to reading cards. Some people get so caught up in getting their meanings right, that they miss important nuances that their cards point out until after their reading has come to pass.
Take this square of nine for example. The Queens rule from the sides, as is custom. The King, her King, takes a central focus. The event revolves around him. He is approached by the King of Hearts, who stands his ground and has a very lucrative establishment. It’s his venue. He speaks about his son, placing him under the care of the King of Clubs for tutoring on skills. For personal enrichment. A heart connects the King of Clubs with his Queen. With a protective mirror, he reflects out the incoming King of Diamonds. A friend but also a rival in attention for success, they all connect but the Queen is protected and held at distance so that she may not be advanced upon. She is shielded. The Jack of Hearts has his provenance from the King of Hearts, the relationship is clearly marked by the suit.
It is very easy to see relationships between court cards when you see pips between them, and where their external and internal selves face. I also note the pointing of scepters as tools and as indicators of personality.
Playing cards are very dynamic and straightforward. It’s all there. I’ve been in need of this, but I wasn’t aware of it. Been reaching out for tarot cards all week, trying to figure out which deck I vibe with and which style of reading I want to employ. sometimes it’s not even about the style of reading or the illustrations. Sometimes it’s the system that needs to be put in rotation.
Conversations with cards enrich our thoughts and perspectives about our lives. Exercises like these prepare me for future situations in which I am faced with a client.
You are welcome to chip in if you’d like to. I’d love to see if you see something I didn’t. I've made some card reading friends lately, and it's wonderful to share that passion in common. I really love life out here in Lost Angels.
My friend Tina Constantine aka Lady Nocturne is a Graphic Designer living in Puerto Rico. On her spare time she dreamed up a Zodiac editorial series which I want to share with you. I love how sexy some of these can be while still being classy. Great work! I have some amazingly talented friends!
Aries ★ Taurus ★ Gemini ★ Cancer ★ Leo ★ Virgo ★ Libra ★ Scorpio ★ Sagittarius ★
Capricorn ★ Aquarius ★Pisces
I have decided to complete one year of horoscopes devoted to each zodiac sign. I offer personalized Annual Review readings at my Samhain Moon Etsy shop. It is a very popular reading on this blog and in my work life, and now I am offering all 12 signs of the zodiac their own loose horoscope calendar to refer to.
For the past year I’ve been writing comprehensive tarotscopes for all of the zodiac signs. There were times I was late, but I got around to do them all. It was a huge commitment for me! You have no idea how many hours I spent typing in my Notes application and double-checking the correspondences in the cards. It was a huge project for me, and I’m glad I did it with the aid of Tina’s gorgeous editorial photos and illustrations.
PISCES TAROT HOROSCOPE FOR 2016: ♡ March. The Emperor.
This reading starts off with setting grounds for yourself. Set space for your mind and your projects. Make it personal and cozy so that you may feel like you can be fulfilled. When you are in a space that speaks to you, it becomes an extension of your life and your personality. If you dwell in a place that has your personality and vibe, it’s likely to be a huge comfort for you and your loved ones to come to when you want to get away from the world. Nothing beats having a safe haven you built yourself, so try to focus on that.
♡ April. The Hierophant.
Once you’ve got yourself situated and cozy, it’s time for the real big work to begin. First on yourself, you must make sure that all of the concepts you’ve had in mind are well digested and adapted. Now you’re going to begin passing your knowledge onto others, so you must definitely prepare for that. Focus your efforts on teaching others to find their own path, even if they are inspired from you.
♡ May. The Lovers.
This Lovers card is kind of cold and platonic. It reads as the relationship you are in needing more fire. It’s all about choices, really. Sometimes the choices we make prioritize ourselves or our goals. Sometimes our partners want us to focus our efforts on them. The key is in finding the balance so that both you and your lover will feel fulfilled and love.
♡ June. Ace of Swords.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Chances are you don’t do it very often because you don’t want to alienate yourself from people… But trust me, if you want your voice to be heard, you need to project it so that others will get the message. Reach out to someone you may have messed things up with and try to say sorry. Come clean about your shortcomings. Be specific. You need to harness another mindset, because sometimes your own makes things up that aren’t true. And then you believe them. Good luck!
♡ July. The Chariot.
You may be moving someplace far. Embrace the adventure and look forward to new beginnings with your troupe. It seems a bit crowded, and impulsive. Often, though, those are the best adventures. The more the merrier, try to remember to bring everything!
♡ August. Judgment.
Change comes with a bang sometimes. At least you had a warning a few months prior. Your whole life might be shaken up with new developments and new decisions to make. Use your head! Think wisely! Ask yourself what your most wise friend would do if they were in your position.
♡ September. The Magician.
Envisioning your goals means that you get to manifest them into being more easily. Once you’ve cleaned the slate, you have a fresh frame of reference through which you can start over. Get creative, imagine yourself becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be. Even if you are clearly not right now, eventually with effort you will grow to fit those shoes.
♡ October. The Devil.
You may have overprotected your dreams. Try to pull back to a safe zone and re-assess your situation. Cut out any factors that are not realistic and feasible. When you dream, you must dream about goals that are realistic for your abilities. If you really wish to turn yourself into a new person, you’ll have to work through the inside before it starts to show on the outside. Accept and prioritize so that you may be able to reap the benefits later.
♡ November. Seven of Coins.
Things get much better when you work with what you’ve got. You should feel a great sense of accomplishment this month. Things are turning around and it looks like you’re grounding yourself much better. Pick out new ideas as other projects near completion so that you might be able to add something new to your repertoire. It’s all about how you plan for the future, and keeping your goals within reason.
♡ December. King of Swords.
You may have a difficult time getting through to people this month. When you feel misunderstood, you shut off and shut down to others around you. You might put up walls that are close to impossible to cross… And then what? What will you do if you end up feeling absolutely alienated from others? Don’t do that to yourself!
♡ January. Five of Swords.
Trouble, trouble. Take this hardship as a lesson. Look to this as an example of what not to chance doing, and learn from all of your mistakes. Try to figure out how you can save yourself the pain in the future.
♡ February. King of Coins.
Things stabilize when you start approaching them from the right perspective. Get yourself settled again and reorganize yourself. After a while you will end up seeing which dynamics change for you, and which ones help you keep going strong.
♡ Clarifier. Two of Wands.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Every step you take, double check it and let it settle before you take another. You need to master the art of patience and understanding of circumstances. That comes with time, with trial and error.
This is going to be a review of the Heart of Stars Tarot deck by Thom Phan. I originally found this tarot deck a little over a year ago and the first edition had just gone out of print. After a couple of e-mails, I signed up for the waiting list on the second edition. It didn’t take much for me to be sold on this deck. I love everything about it!
It all worked out, though. The edits to the deck really enhanced it for me, which is rare in second publications. Not this time! They added a card with Jon Snow in it, and another with Darth Vader. To my delight, the beautiful card back was also left as it was in the first edition. No qualms!
I've been taking my time to get to know this deck because of all of the influences mixed in. It's very different from what I am used to and I appreciate it for the challenge. Any time I lay cards out on the table, the personalities of the characters jump out. I've found the best way to get readings from this deck is to spend more time reading through the cards and associating traditional meanings with implied symbols. It's a very expressive tarot deck, and I've come to find I really love having all of the Hollywood stars interacting with one another. It makes the deck fun to use for the reader and for the querent as well.
The watercolor space style is really very beautiful and it helps me understand why the deck was called what it was called. It photographs very well and I can honestly say I am very happy with having gotten myself two copies.
The card stock is sturdy, shuffles nicely and fans out perfectly. I feel like I am looking out into space when I lay them out. Envision the cosmos shuffling out your fate for you to read. The card backs are very special and beautiful also. I would love to meditate into them.
It's a very strong deck when it comes to pulling from past associations. I've been transported to several moments in motion pictures where these scenes are being carried out. I like the fact it makes me reminisce on actual moments in motion, as if I was looking through the newspaper in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, the photos in the newspaper move as if they were movies.
♡ What is your most important characteristic?
Page of Wands. I am the one connecting different sources of wisdom and insight from media. In me you will find the deepest wisdom hiding among the most recognizable faces. This makes me easy to converse with when you establish your own personal meanings as they make sense to you. I am full of energy, and willing to share that energy with you.
♡ What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Two of Wands. Take the time to get to know me and to think about the spreads. Don't rush into it, and eventually you'll see. Not much needs to be said, when you see the illustrations you'll simply know. Make a ritual out of your practice and you will come to find that it all comes to you. It all makes sense when secrets come out to light. But first you have to wait to see what comes of it.
♡ What are your limits?
King of Coins. While there is a caring nature to this deck, you can view the advice given here as that of a tutor or a caring relative. The rest is the experience you will harness by taking initiative and finishing the tasks yourself. You learn by doing, and you empower yourself when you take control of your circumstances. You'll only go as far as you allow yourself to.
♡ What are you here to teach me?
Nine of Swords. I am here to teach you to treat yourself and others with a compassionate heart. If you don't know what kind of struggles somebody else is going through, at least try to be empathetic. Somtimes wisdom is hard earned.
♡ How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Five of Coins. Learn to accept that not everything works out the way we want it to. Life is not a box of chocolates, rather it i fraught with challenges and difficulties that shape us all into stronger people. Those who cannot cope with the pain end up masking it until it claims them later. Remember not to let your pain claim you. You are in charge of making things better.
♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Seven of Cups. Using this powerful tool you will put an end to incorrect perspectives. You will be putting an end to the hopes you had that would sprout new possibilities. If you have to do without it, it may mean it isn’t worth it. You have to look out for yourself always, and in having a friend by your side, you won’t ever come out on the losing side. Remember to seek clarity when you are confused. All of the options will be made available to you.
♡ Which card do you want to show off?
Page of Cups. Don’t be afraid of all these seriousness in the deck. There is also beauty in the cards, and thus there is something good that comes out of the bad: life lessons and experience. You will learn when to hold back from acting because it is most beneficial. You will also know when to proceed with caution in situations that merit it.
♡ How do you see me?
Two of Swords. You put so much on your plate that it wears you out. The way you multitask and how busy your lifestyle is, is thoroughly exhausting. You need to take a break from overworking yourself. You also need to express more on the outside about how you feel, rather than separating how you feel from how you think. You're not as awkward as you tell yourself that you are.
♡ How do you see yourself?
Ace of Wands. I feed your dreams and make them reality. I motivate you to draw the magic from within. You will be encouraged to follow your dreams and see them manifested into being. Trust with your heart and allow your next step forward to be dictated by your sense of trust in the bigger picture.
There is a third printing in the works, so please check out his site if you wish to order. But well-earned merit. Now he is working on the Oracle of Poets and Tarot Anonymus.