From The Fool to Nina

Free association football…

Let the game begin…

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The Fool (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

The Fool
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

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Today, I have been mostly hanging out with dead people…

I’m not even going to go into some of the lengthy Q&A sessions  I’ve had with people over the telephone looking for readings… other than to say that they often end with me saying… Look I think you’d be better off contacting a medium… I don’t do dead people… I’m a tarot reader… I read tarot cards…

However dead people do talk to me…

And today I’m out for a walk and taking in  a few rays of what could prove to be the last of the Autumn sun… and I pass the Lucky 13 Tattoo studio, when I hear a HEY! HEY! COME HERE!

So… I cross the road and go through the door and behind the counter is a whole bunch of dead guys and gals that I’m more than happy to chat with…

18 of them beautifully framed on the wall and I squee as my little tarot heart fills with glee… and although not technically tarot… they are a heady delight to the eye of any collector of cards…

And before much time has passed, I have been told that they are available as a set of prints and there are still a few left… so … what’s a girl to do?

Of course I bought a set! I’m now the very proud owner of this collection by Jay Jluv…

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Rock n Roll Royalty!

And oh! How I love them! They tick my quirky boxes in too many ways to count! 😀

But I do have a slight problem… I did get the run down on the who’s who of rock’n’roll and movie history… But I was too excited to take in all the names…

And I  have two faces that I can’t title… so… I am forced to reveal the Achilles heel in my musical knowledge and shine a light on where my gap is…

So… I’m wondering… Can anyone put me out of my misery and tell me who these two handsome chaps are?

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WANTED… DEAD OR DEAD…

And if you find them as awesome as I do and they are calling your name…

Then why not drop an email to wearelucky13.com and see if there are any left?

A Tarot Tip that fills my heart with glee…

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One of delicious delights of being a tarot reader, is the many and varied tips you get given… Over the years, I’ve had my palm crossed with cakes, books, crystals, perfume, nail polish… scarves, fairy lights, chilli peppers… and the list goes on and on…

But recently, I came into possession of the trinket you see above…

I was out at an event, speed reading back to back for two days… so unfortunately, I can’t remember my benefactor’s name, as it has become lost in the flow of the stream of the hundreds I heard… But I do recall her warm face with a ready smile, her raven black locks that fell into soft curls and the Irish lilt she spoke in…

She walked towards me and asked me if I was free to read for her…

Of course! I said and waved my hand to invite her to sit…

And she starts to chat and say that she had never had a reading before… and my eye is caught… Both of her arms are rich with bangles and on her right arm, there sitting between rows and rows of beads of many colours, I catch sight of a glint of a shine… a flash of light… a shiny, shiny, ssssssssnake…. 

It winks at me… come hither….

And I’m listening to her talk and my mind coils around the ouroboros on her wrist… and from my mouth, spring forth the words… I LOVE your snake…. Give it to me!!!

And I clasp my hand to mouth, as I can’t believe what I have just said…

She looks me in the eye and says – Really? You LOVE it?

I nod at her…. yes… yes I do…

She removes it from her wrist and thrusts it towards me… Here! Have it!

I protest… No!… NO… I can’t do that…

She says… Yes!… Yes you can! I only bought it to wear for today and I won’t wear it again… It should go live with a Tarot reader…It would be far happier living with you… It seems to have your name all over it…

And I think…

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~YA SNAKE REEL~ YE REAL SNAKE~

~KAREN SEALEY~

WHY YES!

YES IT DOES!

Thank you!!

Thank you very much!!

It sends my arm green…

But I LOVE IT anyway…

A Mabon Tarot Blog Hop Bouquet

Welcome aboard, you’ll have arrived from Chloe for Celtic Lenormand ….The  MasterList … or Louise Underhill’s Priestess Tarot …

I’ll start off by pointing out a couple of things:

  1. I’m more than a bit partial to a random ramble…
  2. It’s my Birthday 😀 so indulge me! I promise I will eventually talk my way full circle… 😉

So…. Divination? I have to confess, that it is one of those words that I try to avoid… In fact there are a quite a few words associated to the tricks of the trade that I like to swerve… for a whole host of reasons… But today, let’s address my aversion to the D word… and that incident in 1991…

But I’ll start in 1988 which is when I had my first deck, The Elemental by Caroline Smith and I kept and still do keep it wrapped in green and black silk… but back then, very few people knew I possessed such a thing… and I did keep it very low key, as back then… I knew no other person who had such a thing…

Though the nature of conversations with friends that wind and weave into the wee hours over glasses of wine, means that at some point or another you let slip your secrets… and I leaked enough to make them curious and ask me to read for them… so I obliged and just made stuff up… and they would ooooh and ahhh!! and I would chortle and think – Oh! you are so easily impressed… Like I don’t know all this stuff about you anyway….

But then, the friends of friends started asking and these were strangers and they would ask – How do you know that? And I would have to shrug… partly because I had no idea…. and partly because, the more interesting question for me was – How come you DON’T know…? Anyway… I ended up wrapping my cards back up in the silk and then encasing them in a carved wooden box just for good measure and walking away for a while…

Then in 1990, I found myself in the company of quite a few who called themselves readers and I kept my mouth shut and I didn’t let on about my little secret, but I kept my ears open and listened… and they talked… they talked a lot… and apparently a REAL reader only entertains one deck… The Thoth!

So… I tracked down, the one place in town that sold it and in I went and it was a bit like buying porn (or so I Imagine :D) as it was kept high up on a shelf behind the counter and you had to ask for it… I plucked up courage and purchased and took it away… in a brown paper bag! and I got home and slid it out and ran my hands over it…. and put it back in the box… and so that was repeated on many occasions over the following months and into the next year, by which time, I’d moved into a rather nice attic flat, that was the first place that I had solely lived in that was entirely my own space. I was blissfully happy in that flat and particularly happy to find that I had access to a fire escape and could come and go, without using the main front entrance that all the other tenants had to use. I was incredibly grateful for this, as it spared my blushes of having to pass on the stairs, the girl in the flat underneath me, who I couldn’t look in the eye… because… she made weird sex noises! Like a pig with its head stuck in a bucket! Every Wednesday night… 11.45pm kick off… game over usually by 12.05… And it was not so much her habits that bothered me… but mine that I had developed… because she was so predictable… I found that I started to count her in… with a 1 and 2 and a 3 and a 4…. then wave my arms and conduct her crescendo… So I was worried that she had heard me and whichever friends I’d had round, cheering her in on the home run…

But… I digress…

OK… Back to Thoth..

So… after getting in from a night shift, I couldn’t sleep and I found the Thoth winking at me to come and play…

and it’s around 4.30am and all is deadly silent and I pick up the LWB … I turn to page 38 and I start to read…

The traditional technical method of divination by the Thoth here follows…

And I followed what it said and I sat with baited breath, with my cards in my left hand as instructed and in my right hand… well… in those days, I didn’t possess such thing as a wand, but I’ve always been pretty resourceful, so I improvised one out of what I seem to recall as… a sandalwood joss stick…

So… I waved my most magickal of wands over my deck and I said out loud…

I invoke the I A O, that thou wilt sent H R U, the great Angel that is OOOOOOOH!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALL MY LIGHTS WENT OUT!!!

I dropped my consecrated cards of art and my heart was in my mouth… and I’m shaking and more than a little bit trembly and thinking oh! oh! Oh!! OHHHH!!! What have I just summoned???

Then I take a deep breath and think KAREN!!!! GET A GRIP!!! The electricity meter has run out!! Feed it some coins 😀

So I push pentacles into slot and hey! Big white magic! Let there be light! 😀

I gathered up my flung cards and as I nudged them back into pile… I thought… Actually… you know what? I don’t much care for sitting down to chat with the likes of Mr Crowley… I’ve seen that recipe for Cakes of Light... and as for his taste in drinks… his bouquet is not to my liking… So… again, I put cards back under wraps and that deck stayed swathed until fairly recently when My Thoth Lit Up…

But that D word is getting harder and harder to ignore these days, as the more I read, the more I get asked how I do it… and I have given a whole range of answers from very many angles… depending on the mood I’m in… None of which satisfy me, having come from a background that has a heavy dose of Science tossed into the mix… Though on one day, through sheer frustration at being asked for about the what seemed like 100th time that week… I just said LOOK!!! I don’t know!! OK?? You asking me that is like me asking you how do you breathe… and I thought to myself…. Oooooh …. bit rude! and I was pleasantly surprised when she piped back with oh! cool… you just do it naturally…  So… I’ve been using that of late… ‘I read like you breathe’ and it doesn’t get challenged! No counter argument… no demands to extend my logic… Just oh! COOL 🙂

However… I still have that Science gene spliced within… so I have to go away and examine in my own time… and my conclusion… well I’m back to that old question of How can you NOT do this?? It’s there all around, everywhere…. art, music, science, patterns, rhythms, cycles, numbers, letters… round and around… waiting to be read… waiting to be observed… and then all becomes as predictable as Miss Piggy on date night…

So… I know when I started reading cards… but when did I start to divine? Well… now I look more closely at it… I can’t remember a time when I didn’t divine… I was a curious child trying to make sense of a puzzle filled world and I’ve always had some sort of running commentary going through my head… Where other kids had imaginary friends… I had an invisible brother… Now there is a clear distinction there… Imaginary friends don’t exist… Invisible brother very much so exists… but you can’t see him… I can’t see him… Oh! but I could hear him…

I did have a tendency to turn feral very quickly as a kid and would shoot off as far as my feet would carry me, to entertain myself on great adventures and I would also drag my little sister along… and no matter how many times I got us both a beating… all I had to say to her was… Hey! I’ve got a good idea… and she would blithely skip in my wake… And she thought I was the bee’s knees… especially when we got stuck in a field with a bull… She was terrified… I was probably more so than her, but never let on… I had a word with my brother and he lead us safely out… And even better… he didn’t steal my glory 😀 So… I guess that was a bit of divine guidance…?

And when not getting into scrapes, I had my nose firmly planted into Alice in Wonderland… Her life was exactly like mine! Just I could see her brother… a big old White Rabbit… and we got up to all the same kinds of stuff… falling down holes and talking to plants and animals…

And still animals and plants talk to me… I listen… I listen lots… though I don’t talk back… I’m not freakin’ crazy! 😀

But my garden is where I do my best divining… and it occurs to me that flowers are always in the act of divination… they are rooted with their faces turned to the sun and they just do what they do… They feel their connection to the Divine and they bloom and blossom and open and spill joy with nary a care…

They make no apology for being beautiful, they don’t strive to make comparisons or fill themselves with angst or question whether they are good enough or is this the right time?

They are present and vibrantly alive…

I remember that Alice (which if my memory serves me well… I think means Seeker of truth…) talking to flowers and also to that big old Caterpillar…

O R U….

H R U ??

Hey! Did you just invoke I A O to send the great Angel?

Mmmm…. I think that sneaky Lewis Carrol may well have been a tarot reader…. I think he may have corrupted my young innocent mind…

Oh well… I leave you with a bouquet from my garden…

Hey… I just heard those flowers talk…

Put your crown on!

It makes the cosmos smile!

🙂

You may escape…

here… Chloe for Celtic Lenormand

here… The Master List

here… Louise Underhill’s Priestess Tarot