It shouldn’t happen to a Tarot reader… But it does…

So… I’m sitting in the garden and idle daydreaming in what seems to feel like the first bit of decent sunshine for as long as I can remember and as I feel the warmth on my face sinking to heat my bones, I start to ease deeper into my chair and drift away…

Then my monkey mind tosses in a question… What’s the strangest situation you’ve been in, when asked for a tarot reading?

And whilst there are so very many to choose from, a very clear winner soon springs to mind!

For those of a squeamish disposition… LOOK AWAY NOW!

Just under a year ago, I had to go for a smear test and to get my IUD changed, which is far from the top of the list of my favourite things to do… So… it gets off to a bad start when I ring to book. I have the words – cervix, coil and check-up in my head… I open my mouth to speak to the receptionist and the words that come out are ‘I want to book in for a service and oil change’ … because… I was also thinking that the car was due for MOT as well…

I turn up for the appointment and OH! it’s my lucky day! I’ve got the student… as well as a nurse and also the consultant who is monitoring. It starts with a list of personal questions, then begins the bizarre ritual of disrobing and getting on a couch and into stirrups…

But… I have a strategy! I wear a big full length skirt and it doubles up as a theatre curtain and then I don’t have to look at the business end…

So… the student is fumbling around and says – ‘Oh…. I think I’m in the right place but I’m not sure’. The consultant joins in and he’s got an ultrasound machine to show her what’s going where… And I’m thinking – I’m really glad I did years of yoga because I can tune all this out and imagine I’m on a beach somewhere.

But NO! They start with the small talk…

What’s all that about?? It feels like they’re trying to park a Delorean up my holiest of holy, I’m naked from the waist down… which oddly feels stranger than being fully naked and now… just because things aren’t surreal enough already… they want to know what my plans are for the rest of the day!

I said – you know what? Can you just shut up and let me blissfully ignore you?

The nurse walks round to my side and decides to hold my hand and says ‘ Good girl, soon be done’ , which annoys me intensely but I think… just hold her hand and then you won’t slap anyone!

She says – What do you do for a living?

I’m a Tarot Reader…

Oh… she says… I love mediums!

Which has me seething…

She says – Can I ask you a question? Have I got anybody here with me now?

I said -You have got to be flamin’ kidding?!

She says – Oh… sorry… I guess it must be hard for you to make a connection with all these distractions.

I said…. No… not really… Just that it’s already standing room only in here and now you wanna know if your dead granny has popped by for a look up my fanny! Besides… I’m a bloody Tarot reader not a medium!

She says – Oh… Have you got your cards with you?

Yes! Yes I have! Have a look in that bag there… There’s my business card… Take one and ring me when I’m dressed and vertical!
So… my thoughts drift off again in this lovely Spring sun and now I am laughing to myself at the number of grillings and questions I get off people when they come for a reading…. I thought to myself HA!! Next time I go for a cervix service, I’m going to treat the doctors like tarot readers and speak to them like I’m an awkward client…

I imagine it’ll go something like this…

Dr – Good morning, are you well?

Me – Maybe…

Dr – O.K… Name…

Me- Take a guess…

Dr- Date of  birth?

Me – Can’t you tell my sign just by looking?

Dr – Married? Single?

Me- I’d rather not say…

Dr – Ok… How many children?

Me – Ok… actually… Before we start… Can I ask you a few questions? Is that ok?

Dr – Sure…

Me – OK… How old were you when you knew you wanted to do this? Do you have to have the gift? Does it run in your family? Are you a real doctor? Are you qualified? How did you get qualified? How do I know you didn’t just walk in off the street and you are faking it? What’s the difference between you and a dentist? I think I’d sooner see a dentist… I’m not sure… What do you think?

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Actually… I’ve got to go to the dentist in a couple of weeks’ time… I might ask him the same things…

I hope I don’t get my appointments mixed up… that could get interesting! I’ve heard it said that any hole’s a hole… But I’m guessing whoever said that didn’t think it right through…

Now rinse…

Tarot Blog Hop ~ Equinox flight…

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Welcome aboard from Louise Johnson’s Law of Attraction Tarot

So… Joanne Sprott of Cosmic Whispers Tarot set our theme and basically, I got to the last lines…

‘So, for this springy blog hop, celebrate resurrection and rebirth for us, with cards, spreads, astrology, poems, songs, paintings, videos, whatever living, sprouting, colorful creations you like. :)’

And my brain went YAY!!!! Do whatever you want!! 😀 and in my child like glee, my thoughts turned to the card below, which seemed a great place to start after rolling around with Judgement in the last hop…

So… I threw my arms in the air, like old XX above… and what I was or wasn’t wearing, is quite frankly none of your business… I asked myself, ‘What do you want to do?’  I replied… ‘Today is a good day to draw…’

Pen was put to paper and this arrived…

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I am the resurrection…

So… I asked myself, ‘What do you want to resurrect?’

Ok… not quite as easy to answer…

I rolled it around my head for a few days and then I came across the list I made at New Years… And I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions as such.. more make a list of shit I need to sort but reserve the right to change my mind at will…

So…I was quite surprised because my rather long list that ran to two sides of A4 had only one thing left that had not been done, which was –  revisit your Lennys and see if you can do anything with them.

I got out my Lennys and I glanced through them and thought… Oooooh… there’s lots here that I need to tidy up, which is hardly surprising as I made these two years ago during a couple of sleep deprived days, when for some reason or another, I decided that I HAD to do it…

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My first Lenormand from 2012…

So… Would I be able to tidy them up?

Short answer… NO!

Long answer… Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

I have no idea what I was doing when I made them but … oh… well the list of cock ups and why they are basically dead in the water is too long to go into…

Oh… and of course… I made them unreadable, as in the throes of my genius, I decided to back them with holographic card and I find the backs infinitely more fascinating than the fronts… and shuffling becomes fanning and twirling and flipping and forgetting to do any reading… 😀

Oooooh..... shiny....

Oooooh….. shiny….

So… what’s a girl to do?

Well… I decided to start again from scratch…

And this time…

take…

my…

time…

Fledgling sketches hatching out...

Fledgling sketches hatching out…

Apparently… patience is a virtue…

We’ll see 😉

I’ll bid you adieu and Happy Hopping! Next stop is Joy Vernon’s Completely Joyous.

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Musings on Mystereum Strength… Part 4…

So… this morning I did something for the very first time… I know many people who have done this and I’ve never really fully understood why they do… until now…

I start the day in fine mood and I’m planning what I need to do over the next few days. So on my list of things is an event on Saturday where the dress code is vintage… I put together an outfit and think… OK…. this needs a finishing touch and then I remember this locket…

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And it’s very rare that I wear this and even rarer that I open it and look inside…

Yet today, I opened it… and there sit two photos and on the left is one that gives me a warm smile… On the right… there sits the reason this family heirloom sits mostly in a box…

And usually, I would glance at that photo, fill with nausea, close the trinket tightly shut and toss it aside…

Today I looked at that photo and let it speak… and I lost two hours as memories and conversations held many moons ago replayed like an old movie… and I watched and I listened… and I sat… and then I thought of this…

XX Judgment (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010
XX Judgment (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

And I heard these words…

‘You are no more at the mercy of your past than you are of old photo albums. Take more good pictures in your imagination!’ Jordan Hoggard

I looked back at that photo, I removed it from where it has dwelt for over 40 years and I did that thing that other people do and I have never done…

I ripped it up…

I ripped it into tiny pieces…

I went out into the garden and threw my arms into the air and with a great big exhale…

tossed those tiny pieces into the sun and wind to be scattered…

I turned to go back into the house and continue my day…

And with a smaller exhale…

 I heard myself say…

FUCK YOU!! That’s the last time you ripple my pond…

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I’ve taken the LOROS challenge…

The Accumulator Challenge 2014

The Accumulator Challenge 2014

There will be few people in Leicester who haven’t heard of LOROS… most people will have had some connection whether through family or friends and as such will know what a valuable service it is. A few years back, I was spending many hours there visiting a loved one and that is why I decided to take the accumulator challenge.

So… today I start with £50 and I have until Wednesday 11th June 2014 to turn that into as much as I can to aid LOROS…

I’ve got a few ideas tucked up my sleeve and I will keep you posted… but you know… I’m open to ideas if anyone has any suggestions… See, Pure & Blessed is a one woman operation and I find myself now competing up against some big national companies… So… I could do with a little help from my friends… If you have any ideas, get in touch…

For those of you who haven’t heard of LOROS… here’s some info…

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Musings on Mystereum Strength… Part 3…

Often when these cards come up in readings, people will say to me ‘Oh Look! She’s going with the flow…’

And I say – Really?? Is that what you see? And I strangle down the urge to scream,as those words ‘going with the flow’ grate on me like nails being dragged down a chalkboard…

Why do those words annoy me so much?

Because I’ve heard them too many times… some sort of dippy hippy mantra, churned out and chanted… which always feels to me to be a lame ass excuse for not taking actions, responsibility or accountability for choices that have been made…

Or then there’s the way it gets milked by some… you know those types who ask for favours from people who don’t like to go against the flow, because they know they won’t say ‘no’ however unreasonable their requests are… Artists, Musicians, Holistic Therapists, Tarot Readers all attract a lot of milkers… I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had phone calls along the lines of – Will you come and work for free at my event, it will be excellent exposure for your business…

Really, how so?

Oh… well, the more you promote it to your followers, the more people will come and you will get more business.

What??? You want me to work for free and promote your event and bring my clients, who come to me anyway and pay me… Sorry… How exactly is that good exposure for my business?

Ok… I’ll rein this in, as I seem to have gone on off on a bit of a mad ramble… Ha!! How’s that for going with the flow? 😀

BUT… I see a big difference between ‘going with the flow’ and ‘being in the flow’

Going with the flow or Being in the flow... Your choice?

Going with the flow or Being in the flow… Your choice?

See… I look at that card from the Osho Zen tarot – Going with the flow… and I’m not even sure if that person is dead or alive… just that that body will wash up somewhere eventually, or maybe wind up as fish food…

When I look at Strength in 4 & 6 of Cups… There’s nothing wishy washy about her. I  imagine her feet are firmly planted on the river bed and there is no danger of her being swept away. I see a calm watchfulness to her and an awareness of her surroundings, carefully weighing up each option as it arises. I’m sure she’d go in the direction of the current if that was what she wanted, but I’m guessing she’d probably swim rather then float. I’m also guessing she’d swim against the tide to get what she wants…

I find it hard to imagine her passively floating like the Osho corpse… In fact now I look  at him again, is he on or under the water? Waving or drowning? And I’m wondering if he’s just bumped his head… Though I can imagine Strength laying like that but I see her out of the water and basking in the sun on that beach to the right, gathering her thoughts before she decides on the best time to go swimming and in which direction… I’m guessing upstream… Resistance training builds a strong core… And have you seen her abs? 😀