Samhain Tarot Blog Hop… Speak to me of Love…

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Greetings! 🙂 So where did you come from?

Lynda Hardy ~ The Cauldron Born?

Alison Cross ~ This Game of Thrones? 

Olivia Destrades ~ First Earth Tarot?

Well…

According to the incurable old romantic that is my husband…

Love is…

The feeling a man has for his Gibson…

Bless him…

Though you’ve got to admit, it’s not that easy to define…

Poets and Musicians wax lyrical about the ecstatic highs and desperate lows… Artists try to catch its many colours… Scientists pass it off as a chemical trick played on the brain to perpetuate the species… Philosophers…well they talk and talk and then talk some more… And the Mathematicians still fail to find the solution…

An equation for love?

An equation for love?

So… I turned to my cards to see if they could throw up a formula…

I paused to consider which deck to use… My first love…The Elemental? My latest squeeze…The Wild Unknown?

No… It can be only one… My one true love… The deck  I love like I love no other…

Yup! It’s over to M 😀 Oh! M… Speak to me of love!

So this is what my M threw down… and yeah… I could write at length as to what those cards mean but I also love to play this little game… So… I popped over here… What muse amuses a muse?  and substituted the word lyric for poem… And this is where I landed… Empedocles… which amused me greatly, particularly this sentence…

The four elements are eternally brought into union, and eternally parted from each other, by two divine powers, Love and Strife.

And I thought…mmmm…. that’s very interesting and very tarot… but it also throws up a tale from a Saturday night probably about 15 years ago…

So… at that time, I was mostly a band widow… And my tolerances for the excesses of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle would wear pretty thin when Mr S would Roll in at ungodly hours, Rock my peace and annoy the hell out of me, for reasons which I now no longer recall… So… this particular night, we had gotten into a massive argument and he flounces off upstairs declaring that he was leaving me!

I remember thinking… Oh yeah? Promises, promises… and muttering under my breath… yeah well… I’m keeping the cats and the car…

I went to put the kettle on thinking – Oh… He’ll just crash out… the kettle started to boil… he reappeared downstairs with 2 packed suitcases and stood in the middle of the living room and said –

Right! I’m off!

I said –  Excuse me? Not with my bloody suitcases you’re not! Get your own…

He said – These are the only ones we’ve got, I’ll return them!

Now what I said next turned the air a spectacular shade of blue, whilst the contents of the suitcases were flung up the street, followed by Mr S being punted out the door… Then  as a final parting shot, a roll of black bin liners bounced of his head…

Here! Use these to pack!

So for the second time, I head for the kettle… Then there is a knock at the door…

Karen? Karen? Let me in… I’ve got nowhere to go…

But you’re leaving me…

I don’t want to leave you, I want to come home…

So… what are we going to do?

Shall we start by promising to try to be nicer to each other?

Yeah… that’s a start…

So… for the third time, the kettle goes on and this time we sit and make a pact to stick together and not inflict our particularly peculiar brands of mutually compatible insanity on to any other living souls…

So… I guess you could say we stumbled into Empedocles cosmic cycle and decided  to balance our Love and Strife to keep all our elements together…

I asked Mr S again the other day…

What is love?

He said… It’s you learning not to talk through Star Trek…

I said… Mmmmm… or maybe  it’s…

 counting all your good points, whilst resisting  the urge to bounce things off your head…

5 of wands treasure

Let me count the ways I Love You…

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Right!

You can grab your bags and get out…

Here!

Here!

Here!

😀

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Lets hear a big Woo HOO for Ruby Woo

I think I’m going to have to start of with a shame faced confession… Anybody who knows me, will know that my usual rate of getting things done is pretty damn quick and if I say I’ll get back to you soon… well my soon, is what most people call now…

So… It has come as quite a big surprise for me, that I’ve had this  blog post sitting on the back burner for such a long time… and it has caused me a few blushes, as I promised so long ago to write it… and every time I’ve crossed paths with this lady, I’ve had to say… Oh… I promise you, I’ve not forgotten… but you got shuffled in my play list… so… without further ado…

Let’s put our hands to gather and give a warm welcome to my next guest…

One of Leicester’s most loveliest of lovelies…

The Most Gorgeous… Delightfully Delicious… The Goddess of Glitter…

MISS…… RUBY WOO!!!

Miss Ruby Woo is a Leicester based Curvy Cutie known for her fusion of Cheesecake style, love of Musical Theatre and fair amount of Glitter. Also known for her freelance choreography made her debut with the Bijoux Belles Leicester in the summer of 2010 and then went onto becoming a regular performer with the Demon Belles burlesque society in 2011. Since her beginning Ruby has grown as a burlesque performer and even ventured out into the world of organising events with the 3BurlyGirls.

So… yes… I have bumped into Miss Ruby Woo, several times out and about … So… as well as bumping into each other… I think 3 times now at charity events that Ruby and her friends have expertly organised…we’ve crossed paths at ArtShark… and a few other places…
And generally we are both pretty busy and only have enough time to have a quick chat to admire one another’s sequins and glittery sparkly things… and so it came to pass that on one such occasion, we had a conversation that went something like this…
Oooh… I’d love to get a reading but I never get time to stop and sit…
Oooh…. Don’t worry… I’ll blog you one…
So… I saw Ruby a couple of days ago and I said… OK…. I honestly have done your reading and it’s sitting in draft… I just can’t seem to find a punchline to pull it all together… So… she laughed at me and suggested that maybe all the glitter has gone to my head! and why don’t I draw her picture instead…? I said… We’ll see what happens…
So… of course… in true tarot fashion… once you decide to let go of something… it decides to come to you…
Ruby Woo had sent me this…
 A couple of questions: I would like to know what you and the cards or crystals or anything you want to use have to say about me as a performer? And what can be said about the 3BurlyGirls?
So let’s see who came to share the stage… What do my cast of runes and characters from  Mystereum have to tell…?
Well… this all feels very good and quite exciting to me… there’s just so much creative energy around! On a personal level – what are you holding back from? Dig deep down into what really makes you want to shake your tail feather and bring all that classy sassy out to play!
Unleash your X-factor and make some sparks fly with the illusive star quality that you have within. I don’t feel that I have much to tell you here, that you don’t already know… I would say that you excel at putting ideas into action and that you are very capable of moving into any new areas that you wish to… I would maybe suggest applying some intense focus to any ideas that you have that are in early stages and thinking about exactly how far you can push and extend them, as there seems to be good scope for taking things quite a distance…
When it comes to the 3 Burly Girls… I’m looking at those 6s in there and it’s tipping me into a bit of tarot maths… as instead of 6… I see 3! as in 3 x 2 x 1 … So… look at the permutations and combinations that are available…with each of you as a solo performer, the number of ways you can pair into 2s and also last but not least, as a trio…
It feels to be that things are a lot further along than you may have realised or appreciated and that many obstacles have been overcome, the key point being the teamwork and how you interact with each other… there feels to be heartfelt honesty in how you communicate and also a good intuitive grasp of what is needed to make things work and pull together. And speaking of intuition… I kinda get an image of lots of to-ing and fro-ing over water… either frequent ferry crossings? or maybe a cruise ship? It seems very evident that you all love what you are doing and to just stick with it… The Pazzazz is there!
When I look at the Runes… they reiterate the travel aspect, also there seems to be big dose of good luck coming into play – new connections and surprise links… so pay attention to those chance encounters, they may well lead to useful directions (and in a stage whisper… I’m going to say… ‘Voice’…. who uses their voice? what are your connections with singers/vocalists/choirs…?)
So… expect the unexpected! But also… PLAN for it!! Sort out your finances and any extra cash you have, STASH it! Get yourself a lump sum that’s ready to go… make sure you don’t miss out on an offer that is too good to miss… Stay vigilant with the £££… you’ll need that as well as your passport…
But… I’m looking at those cards… and I still feel something is missing… mmmm…. what could it be?
I’m looking at those sixes… two of them… yet the imp in me says that for devilish delights you really should have 3…
So… I grab my next nearest deck… The Whimsical Tarot… and what do I see…
Ha! Now I have 666…
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Hey Ruby Woo!
I drew your picture!
Though the pastel portrait may have to wait…
It’s in the post…
I promise…
🙂
So… don’t forget to go check out Ruby Woo’s latest events…
And go pay the 3 Burly Girls a visit…
Though… before you dash off… Let me make you a special offer…
Fancy a speed read?
Get yourself over to…
I’m offering 10 skype reads for £10 each…
Drop me a message and barge past the bouncer by quoting
3 Burly Girls!
I’ll email you back with details of how you can pay and get into my VIP guest lounge…
And on that note… I think I’ll let Ruby Woo and a few more of her friends play you out with this video by Andrea’s Oriental Dance…
Oh… and on a final final note…
anybody who knows any musicians looking for a chance connection…
You may want to check this out…
jjhpen

The Great Eleven/Eight Debate…

Strength/ Justice … Justice/Strength…

Which comes first? The chicken or the egg…

So… I’ve heard many talk on the subject and verbal tennis doesn’t get me far, as I have an impish streak about a mile wide and when I hear such conversations, I want to sing… You say potato… I say SPUD! 😀

But… that doesn’t mean that the topic is not of interest to me… so…

Mmmmmm…. 8/11…11/8….

This sounds like Tarot Maths… I’m off to visit my favourite place for musing…

Into Mystereum…

Let’s go pester The Hermit…

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IX The Hermit
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

Hey Hermit!! 8/11… 11/8… what do you think?

The Hermit said to me…. Shhhhh child! Sit still and let me contemplate…

Mmmmm…. Now that’s very interesting… I look  back to what comes before me and I hear…

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Who is the fairest of them all?

And yes Justice… it could be said that none are fairer than you…

But you ask me to look into the mirror…

And there I see a deeper reflection…

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I see back to the future…

And the true core of what I will become…

I said …. Yes… But Hermit… What does that mean? Should it be 8/11 or 11/8…?

He said… Have you got nothing better to do than ask me questions all day?

Please…

Go work it out for yourself…

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Mystereum Musings on Tarot Maths…

I often wonder in wander and vice versa through Mystereum…

And one of the things that sends me spiraling out in mental fractals is the way the images in the cards move around for me…

And characters will effortlessly slide from one place to another to invent new images for me…

Such as this latest one…

So… I start with these…

And in my mind they combine to this…

The Cosmic Connector...

The Cosmic Connector…

Though, that doesn’t quite do it justice, as In my head My Magician moves… He plays drums, a bit  like Tommy Lee on that Roller coaster 360… but he also rolls around with the two High Priestesses… a bit like this…

So where does my Tarot Maths come in…

Well it seems to me, that in Mystereum… you get a lot of cards…

You start with 78…

Then they start to pair up and that brings another 3003…

Then trios… Sometimes they’re like 3 Musketeers and became all for one!… that brings another… ooooh….. 76076…

And it’s way too late an hour for me to rattle through anymore numbers but I guess you’re spotting the trend…

That’s a lot of bang for your buck!

And also… why no two readings are ever the same… well probably… though statistically… you’ll repeat one eventually… but you’re gonna have to live for a very long time… almost until… ∞

How do you learn to read Tarot?

How do you learn to read Tarot?

That’s a question I get asked all the time… and my answer … Throw your LWB away…

And that never seems to go down well… and then the next question is…

But how will I know what the cards mean?

Look at them….? Have you tried that…?

Then the next question… What? What do you mean? How do YOU do it?

And from what I’m gathering, a lot of professional readers get this same question…

again.. and again…. and… again…

Which puzzles me really, as the sticky point seems to be with the look at the pictures…

Yet… why is that such a big scary idea to grasp?

When we first teach our children to read, we give them picture books… not lengthy rambles of words…No… we give them… big, bold, colourful picture books… and they pick them up and they talk and they tell whatever story they want to tell… and usually very loudly and with much gusto and over and over again with no respect for time or place! Just a running commentary of words and noises and laughter and finger pointing…

So maybe the real question is not how do you learn to read, but how do you remember to see?

So… with those thoughts rolling round my mind, I drifted into my garden with my camera and wandered around until I took a snapshot that resonated for me…

So… How do I read? Oh… lots of ways… but today… this was my way…

What do you see?

What do you see?

So… this is what caught my eye… and then in my mind, cards started to roll out… so… it went… to Mystereum… Ace of Pentacles… oh… and a 10 of Pents vibe… oh… look… it has a whiff of 5 of Cups… and oh… what’s that one? Mmmmm…. Deck change…. Osho Zen… 8 of Water…

So I walked inside and sat down and got out the two decks and I laid those cards down like a story board… and I thought mmm… Interesting flip with the change of deck… I wonder what that reflects? So… I got out the corresponding cards from both decks… and added my second line to the story board… But as it is a reflection… I placed those in reverse…. So… 8 of Cups, 5 of Water, 10 of Rainbows, Ace of Rainbows… Like so…

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Story board reflections…

So… that is one of the ways I read… And the question was HOW rather than WHAT do I read…

So… I’m going to take a lesson from Osho Zen here… and let you find your own lesson…

What is the story you see?

But… before I leave you… I will offer up the advice I further found in my garden…

My spidey senses are tingling...

My spidey senses are tingling…

Ah… Grasshopper! Be aware of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things… and be sure…

that whichever path you are on…

you are on the right path for you…

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Smell ya later! 😉 x