Tarot Blog Hop ~ Yuletide Yammerings…

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Oh… and before any one asks… NO! I am not ready for Christmas! 😀

So… it has to be said… me telling folks I know, that I’m writing this has been met with much hilarity and raucous laughter… I’m not best known in these parts for my love of the festive season… I’ll spare you the litany of yuletide disasters that have befallen the Sealey household over the last 20 odd years… But let’s just say… when I see this card… It’s not the tree that I at first notice… It’s the row of exploding heads… and then the cat that looks like it’s pissing up the kid’s leg, just for good measure…

And this year… I have been particularly foul of temperament when that dreaded C word is mentioned…

A friend asked me… so… what is it that’s annoying you about Christmas?

I said… you know what’s annoying me? Every BLOODY thing!! It’s been annoying me this year since June 7th when in my facebook newsfeed, up pops – ONLY 200 sleeps to go! ONLY 200!!! Seriously… who counts down 200 sleeps? I have 10 years worth of stuff to squeeze in between early June and that C word 😀

But… before you pelt me to death with humbugs… I’ll rein in the rant and share a couple of things that snap me out of my gnarliness 😀

STARS!!! I LOVE STARS!!!

Yes… I know they are there all year round 24/7 but Winter stars are the most sparkly… But why I love them the most, is because they take me back to when I was dreaming into the future…

When I first met the now long suffering Mr S, it was a harsh and bitter Winter… He would come a wooing and take me out and more often than not, it was snowing big fat fluffy flakes that fell into drifts that stopped the traffic from running and we walked everywhere… me with my hand wrapped in his warm palm and stuffed into the pocket of his donkey jacket. On one biting cold night in between bouts of snow, the frost came down hard and he was walking me home. The sky was completely free of clouds and shimmering and twinkling with too many stars to count and the ground… it glistened… and glimmered… I remember thinking… Oh… Poor old Dick Whittington… and his streets paved with gold… The Cosmos has strewn down a billion diamonds onto our path…The thought was engulfed by a wave of bliss and a feeling of this is exactly where I am supposed to be… then came the whoosh of realising how microscopically tiny we were in the vast infinity of creation… and every cold, frosty, starry night takes me right back there.

The other thing guaranteed to snap me into seasonal smiles… Evergreens…

For me, as a child there was a distinct starting point that marked that Christmas had arrived… It happened every year on Christmas Eve, when my Grandfather would arrive at our house, bringing Holly from his garden that was placed up over the fire place and across the tops of mirrors and any big picture frames that would hold it… Yes… The arrival of the green stuff on December 24th… funny! I don’t remember anyone ever saying oh! ONLY ONE MORE SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!!!

In fact… I don’t remember anyone ever counting sleeps before The Muppets’ Christmas Carol… I’m going to blame The Muppets!! But I won’t hold it too hard against them… 😀

So… I thought I’d delve into The Druid Plant Oracle to find some Winter goodies to share…

I found there, the Mistletoe and the Ivy… But no Holly…

But not to worry… there’s 3 blank cards in that deck, to do with as you will… So here is my Holly card… And instead of The Muppets’ Christmas Carol… I will let my Holly sing you out with the words that are hidden in Ogham alphabet in the border…

Festive Blessings to you All

&

A Bright New Year!

😀

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3 of Swords comes unstuck…

I’ve often been accused of seeing signs everywhere… But that bothers me not 😀

Every so often I find myself a little piece of Tarot treasure and a card will come to visit…

So… a few months back, I came across this in a little junk shop…

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And it put me in mind of this…

3 of Swords (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

3 of Swords
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

So… I’m just going to lift a few words directly from Jordan Hoggard’s Tarot in the Land of Mystereum  – An Imagination Primer…

The 3 of Swords

Refraction, distorted feelings, moving slowly

Think of a twig. When you put it under water it seems to bend at the surface…

PULL that twig out of the water. It might not be so bent after all.

So… Imagine how big my smile was, when I flipped over my trinket, opened up the clasp and moved the pin out of the way to reveal this…

MIRACLE...

MIRACLE…

I’ll take that as a sign… 😀

Tarot Tongue Twister is Pain in the Heart…

3 of Swords! 3 of Swords! Th-REEEEEEEE of SWORDS!!!

Every time this card lands in a spread, it drives me to the brink of distraction and my jaw gurns into distortion as my eyes, tongue and brain all want to say different things and the battle of the words commences as to what will leave my mouth… swords? air? hearts?

But look at this card… Look how often it is depicted like this… Is it any wonder, that more often than not, I call it the 3 of hearts…

Swords... Hearts... Air... Hearts... Breathe... 1...2...3... SWORDS!!!

Swords… Hearts… Air… Hearts…
Breathe…
1…
2…
3…
3 of SWORDS!!!

When I first started reading tarot for other people, the 3 of Swords caused me problems in another way… A sense of dread would creep in, as I knew I was heading into possibly an awkward conversation… Though with passing of time and the gaining of experience, that dread has slipped away. When the 3 of Swords appears, it will indicate that something has come to disturb the peace… A third influence driving a wedge between 2 things that are connected… It brings with it feelings of sorrow, loss or pain… and thoughts of fear, worry or anxiety… Which in early days, would cause me to pause and think… OK… how do I bring this one up? Especially, if the cards around pointed to an affair… No one wants to be the bringer of bad news… and be the messenger who gets shot 😀 So often, I would skirt around the issue and say things like… well… generally… when I see this card, these are the types of things that are going on with people…

And every time I did that, the person would leap in at some point and say YES!!! that’s exactly whats going on and then tell me the situation and one of my most memorable readings was when I said to a woman… I don’t know how to put this really… but I feel there may be a 3rd person involved in your marriage… and I waited to see her reaction… And she laughed like a drain and said – TOO RIGHT!!! Yes… my husband is a long distance lorry driver and he has had some woman  shacked up in the other end of the country for over 10 years and I’ve had enough…

So… It was a bit of light bulb moment for me, as I realised then, that when the 3 of Swords comes up… you’re not the bearer of bad news at all… They all ready know… In fact, they are painfully aware and often have come for a reading because they feel immobilised by the situation…

So… from that point, I would just say what I thought and every time, I told them something they already knew… And from there I gradually moved to simply asking – What’s causing you heartache? or – What are you allowing to disturb your peace?

And generally, the faces change, but the stories stay the same… though another notable occasion happened when I was reading for a man in his early 20’s and the 3 of Swords took a very literal meaning. I’d got half a dozen cards laid out and read the bunch as a whole, without pointing out individual cards and I spoke a while and there was an overwhelming sense of anxiety and a sense that he wasn’t living life to the fullest… I asked him – What’s holding you back from doing what you want?

He said to me… I don’t like that card! and he placed his finger on top of the 3 of Swords…

Why?

I’ve had open heart surgery 3 times and I’m always worrying I’m heading for a fourth…

3 of Swords (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

3 of Swords
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

It’s conversations like these, that have lead me to warm to the 3 of Swords… as  once the situation has been identified, you can start to look at actions…

So… when you have Pain In The Heart… you need some pithy advice… and I know just the lady to talk to…

Allow me to introduce you to the Queen of Swords…

Queen of Swords (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

Queen of Swords
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

Me: Your Majesty… May I be so bold as to ask you… What do you make of that 3 of Swords?

Q: Oh… I call those blighters ‘Been There’, ‘Done That’ and ‘Got the T-shirt’

Me: So you ignore them?

Q: Not at all… I keep them where I can see them… Look how they make a frame around me… I am aware of those thoughts at all times, but I never allow then to impact on me emotionally and disturb my space.

Me: I can’t help noticing your hands Queeny… are you wearing socks?

Q: Child… They are not socks… They are my polishing cloths… I keep my swords polished and sharp like my mind… I have rapier wit and love swift decisive clear cut actions… and any more of your irreverence or ridiculous questions and I will unleash the sharpness of my tongue or maybe summon the guards with a cry of  OFF WITH HER HEAD!

Me: OK… so a serious question… What is the best action to take when faced with a 3 of Swords situation?

Q: Remember that you always have choice! Remove your thoughts from your emotions and allow yourself to place the intellectual facts around you, so you can see, observe, analyse… Then ask yourself – How can I turn this situation around?

Me: So… Your Majesty… Do you think it’s possible to turn 3 Swords into 3 Cups?

Q: Oh yes! Very much so! Here… watch this… then close the door on your way out.