10 Tarot tips on how to break free of the LWB…

As a professional Tarot reader, I get asked a lot of questions… All the usual relationship and career type things but also I come across many people who’ve been reading for themselves for many years and they ask me how they can further their reading practice… They typically ask me questions like this…

I’ve always loved Tarot, but have never seemed to be able to get comfortable enough to trust my instincts rather than using the book. Any suggestions on how to get past this?

YES! I have lots of suggestions… Some may work for you, some may not… It very much depends on your personal learning style…

It doesn’t have to be…

Edvard Munch ~ The Scream

Think about the ways you like to learn and find ways that suit you best… Visual? Auditory? Kinaesthetic?

Off the top of my head, here are 10…

  1. Hide your book – I’m not going to advocate burning your LWB or tossing it out completely as there are times when it does come in useful… But think of your LWB as training wheels on a bicycle. It’s fine when you’re just setting out to learn and trying to find your balance… But if you come to be overly reliant then it’s going to seriously¬†cramp your style…
  2. PRACTICE… yup! Practice… practice… practice… oh and did I say practice? ūüėÄ and if you’re reading for someone else then ask for honest feedback.
  3. Record your own notes –¬†keep a journal… though I would say not necessarily a pen and paper type. That’s fine if you’re that way inclined but for some, that can feel like a mammoth task. There are other ways to ‘journal’ ¬†– blogging, using dictaphones, scrapbooking… personally, I take photos and email them to myself along with any notes, thoughts, ideas. Find a way that works for you as if it feels to be a chore then you’re not going to keep it up.
  4. Drawing/Sketching –¬†this I find a very useful exercise… pick a card and just spend 10 minutes sketching what you see. Don’t worry about how good you are… this is for your use… don’t over think or try to exactly replicate the image. Working quickly will give you the details that attract you. Look at what parts you’ve pulled out and consider why… was it the colour? shape? something with personal significance? What feelings are evoked as you do this?
  5. Don’t edit!¬†Which ever way you choose to work, allow your thoughts and ideas to flow… Don’t dismiss anything as being wrong as even mistakes teach us valuable lessons. And this is where your LWB can come in handy… But use it AFTER you’ve made your own notes. Pick out anything that you feel is significant and that you missed using your own methods rather than starting with the LWB then¬†dismissing anything that you disover that doesn’t seem to fit in. Working with cards is a personal experience and your meanings should reflect this and be meaningful to you and your experience of life.
  6. Study Symbology –¬†look outside of your Tarot to other areas where symbology is used – colours, numerology, astrology, totem animals etc. Start to build your own personal library of references. You don’t have to worry about remembering¬†things when you’ve spent time learning how to understand them…
  7. Card for the day –¬†Focus on a card in the morning and then observe how it shows up throughout your day… This is helpful but more helpful is the next point…
  8. Groups of cards –¬†take your cards in pairs and see how they work together… how do they talk to each other? I prefer to take mine in trios as I spent years playing various instruments and for me, to see cards in trios is like hearing notes and chords… there’s a tone and atmosphere and music being played…
  9. Associate cards with songs…¬†I have a game I play called Free Association Football… You can check out some tunes HERE ūüėÄ
  10. Get out of your comfort zone!¬†If you’re not uncomfortable then you’re not learning…

Here’s a post of mine where I combine several of these techniques… Why I like to draw cards…

Like I say… there are many methods to boost your confidence in your readings…

You may even consider booking a session with me to do just that… ūüėČ

Ready to learn more?

Message ¬†me¬†via Pure & Blessed Tarot ūüėČ

 

 

Pythonesque Parenting…

I’m sharing this video because it makes me laugh literally out loud…

It’s the last day of the school holidays and over the last how many weeks, my kids have been bickering…

Now every so often one of them will ask me to step in and referee… and mostly I tell them to find something to do, such as go to the park or to the library¬†before I find them something to do such as clean their bedrooms or wash some pots…

Now Mr S… when he hears them arguing… he quotes at them and preaches lines from the following scripture…

I’m hard pressed to pick a favourite line but the section that is making me laugh loudest today is around the 2:50 – 3:40 mark that starts…

I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to argue any more.

Does anybody else discipline their kids through comedy?

Or just in life in general…

Have you got any favourite funny lines that you use to make a serious point?

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Ten of My Favourite Tarot Decks…

Now… I’m not saying these are my top ten and even though some may well indeed be in my all time top ten … these are not in any particular order…

These are all decks that I¬†favour in one way or another for various reasons and are the 10 that caught my eye today… Ask me another day to choose 10 and you’ll no doubt see a few changes… Already… I’m shuffling these around in my head and thinking of decks that I’ve left out… and should I have put those in instead… ūüėÄ

Oh! My tarot hell!! ūüėÄ

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LOL and as is to be expected in the life of a tarot reader… Just as you’ve uploaded your list of 10…

Knock! Knock! Knock! on the door…

The arrival of another contender…

Here’s number 11 on my list of 10 decks that have caught my attention today…

The Gorgon's Tarot

The Gorgon’s Tarot by Dolores Fitchie

What’s on your top 10?

Be careful what you wish for…

I get into my car yesterday morning with Mr S and he looks up at the front of our house to the bedroom and says…

The next thing we’re buying is a new window…

Now maybe what he should have said was…

The next thing we’re buying is a new BEDROOM window…

As only a few short hours later, I hear a massive BLAM!!! from the garden…

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FANTASTIC!!! A bloody great hole in my bathroom window… And now a bloody great hole in my budget as I see a few things I’d been saving for go out of the window…

I find an enormous spud down on the ground… it’s Summer holidays so I put it down to bored kids but I’m annoyed, but also thankful that all mine were indoors and accountable for when it happened… So I don’t have the hot potato of grilling mine as to who threw that? As that would have further annoyed me, as they have a wonderful way of arguing and falling out amongst themselves pretty much most of the time… until they decide to stand together and then they can pull off an impressive wall of silence and plead ignorance even if they’ve been seen doing something… Their logic being that they have me outnumbered and if they stick together, then I’ll have to believe what they say… LOL little loves!

But I digress… I often do! So… speaking to the Cosmos…

I guess it has a sense of humour!

They often say that the devil is in the detail…

Late 90’s I went back to college full time for 2 years to retrain in Holistic Therapies and we were given several business assignments. The final one set was to put together your business plan… Now this covered every tiny detail imaginable from H&S and other legal requirements, marketing and strategy, branding… you name it, it was in there… I had an enormous box file, 4 inches deep filled with every detail imaginable right down to colour of paint for the skirting boards and details from estate agents for properties I was looking at…

The one and only time in life¬†that I have ever been fully organised and focused on planning what I’ll be doing…

Until that point, I’d merrily gone through life bouncing from one good idea to another…

Now I was ORGANISED!!! I had a VISION!!!

What could go wrong?

HA!!!

The shortest is answer would be to say… what didn’t go wrong…

Life threw the biggest shit storm at me that I never even imagined possible… A relentless torrent of too many things to go into and to be honest…even if I wanted to… I just don’t have the time and energy as even to this day, that period of maybe 3-4 years had so many things happen that I cannot still fully sequence them into order… and I feel exhausted to even think about it and I’m only really just very recently beginning to feel as though I’m getting my breath back… But the whole episode I sum up with…

If you want to make God laugh… Tell him your 5 year plan…

Now lets whizz forwards from there to 2 years ago when I took another business course…

Write down your business targets, you can’t achieve goals unless you have them there to see…

I thought long and hard and I had a vague feel sense of what I wanted but within that, there¬†was a lot of room for me to go off road and learn things I didn’t know yet… I knew that what I’d end up doing was something I’d not yet discovered… So I wrote down…

To be in flow…

Now the lecturer went round the room and asked each person to read out their goals…

Good! Brilliant! Wonderful!

Karen?

To be in flow…

That’s not a GOAL…

Yes it is…

NO! That’s FUZZY!!! ¬†Goals have to be S.M.A.R.T.

(I forget what S.M.A.R.T. means now as I thought it pretty dumb as I pondered on the M and thought…. How do you make happiness measurable… I’d like 3 yards of happiness please…)

Oh.. O.K. then… my S.M.A.R.T. goal is…

TO TAKE TEN YEARS TO BECOME AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS!!!

NEXT!!!

I clown around a lot… and that was dismissed as me clowning…

But… I know in myself exactly what that means… and I’m bang on track!

I don’t like to use words to lay out what I want… There’s a big part of me that thinks – a spell spoken is a spell broken…

I have a very clear image in my head of a scene in the future where I’ve achieved everything I set out to… I can see who I’m with and where I am and also how it feels…

I use this image to steer where I’m going… If I can see it in my mind’s eye then I know I’m on track…

Sometimes the image vanishes…

When it does then I have a game I play called news feed I-Ching…

I sit quietly and breathe and when the moment feels exactly right then I pick up my phone and flip to either facebook or twitter and I say to myself…

Bring me what I need to learn!

Then I respond to the first item that appears…

I’ve met some pretty awesome people that way… I’ve also met some massive arseholes!!! ūüėÄ But they’ve all brought me what I needed to learn ūüėÄ

 

Religion vs Spirituality…

They say there are 3 things¬†that¬†you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company…¬†religion, politics and sex…

So… I guess I probably don’t keep polite company but the company I do like to keep, likes to discuss pretty much anything and everything and the best company I keep is with those who don’t expect everybody¬†to agree with everybody¬†all the time…

Religion and Spirituality as topics are frequent flyers that land around me in all sorts of ways…

And it’s not people’s views and opinions that bother me as such…

But… I am less than enamoured by people’s assumptions and their views on what they seem to imagine that my beliefs are…

Particularly when they are so convinced that I support their view of the world by agreeing/disagreeing with what they agree/disagree with,¬†based¬†solely on the fact¬†that ¬†I happen to have a deck of tarot cards in my hand…

Whether it be – Oh! I’m not allowed to talk to people like you as I’m a Christian!

Yes! I have had that said to me… I just smiled as she continued with justifying her statement as in my head there were too many… way too many ways that I could have answered that…

  • Me too actually… I have Salvation Army blood in my veins! (ok… so I don’t follow that way but it’s left some traces nonetheless and sometimes I like to say things just for sheer devilment… ūüėÄ )
  • People like me? What? Fat? White? Female? Science Graduate? Mother? Married? Facetious? Sarcastic? ūüėÄ
  • Jeez!!! Not ALLOWED?! What are you FIVE??
  • Meh… Christianity… it’s just¬†synchretic eclectic paganism…

Instead I said… Lovely… and how’s that working out for you…

Or on the other end of the scale…

Hail and well met Sister Witch!

Seriously??? I’ve never met you before and you think just because I have a deck in hand that I follow your beliefs? No… and even if I did… well that greeting has just made me less than inclined to embrace you into my inner circle…

I observe neither the Sabbath nor the Sabbats…

I object to the either/or stance on this…

Religion in one corner and Spirituality in t’other with ne’er the twain shall meet…

There are many valuable insights to be found within Religious texts and why should we throw the baby out with the bath water?

It’s not Religion that makes people bad… Bad people are bad people and yes… there are people who do bad things under the banner of Religion… but that’s the same with Spirituality… and all of those people who pass off their actions as being some sort of way of expressing their faith/beliefs/spirtuality/whatev’ …. well…. they can all¬†Love and Light me all the way to hell…

If you want to polarise this topic into two distinct areas¬†then what I read then is not…

Religion vs Spirituality

but rather

Group Think vs Group Think

I know people who say they are Religious…

I know people who say they are not Religious…

I know people who say they are Spiritual…

I know people who say they are not Spiritual…

I know people who say they are both…

I know people who say they are neither…

I see a mixture of good and bad everywhere…

I really do not care HOW¬†you define yourself…

Though… I am interested in hearing…

WHY…

And so endeth my sermon for today…

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Woody’s Words of Wisdom…

Some of you may already know me… some of you may not… whatev’…

Mrs S got this email this morning…

Today let’s talk about our little ones who love and support us. You know, our pets!
Today’s Topics:
1) How your energy affects your pets (and vice versa)
OR
2) How do you communicate with your pets or help others to communicate with theirs?

Well… it’s Friday and Mrs S likes to do fun stuff on Fridays…

So I told her… Hey! Go play! The Woodster’s got this one covered…

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Tears of a Clown…

Mental health has been THE hot topic over the last few days… suddenly anyone and everybody has something to say about it…

And to be perfectly bloody honest… I’m sick and tired of hearing about it…

5 of Pentacles (c) Jordan Hoggard

5 of Pentacles
(c) Jordan Hoggard

But before you get on your high horse and tut tut your disapproval let me continue…

I have spent my whole life surrounded in some way, shape or form, by people with mental health problems…

Chronic disorders,¬†endogenous depression, acute anxiety, general anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, psychosis… and the list goes on…

So why am I pissed off?

Because… I’ve seen many people with mental health illness carry on about their lives with very little and often zero support from those around them, other than the odd ‘helpful’ soul who tells them to ‘snap out of it!’

And now I see news feeds flooded with empathy and wise words and much gnashing and wailing about how they’ve been so personally touched ¬†by the events of a stranger in the media spotlight…

And I find it very hard not to shout FUCK YOU!!!

Where are you when this affects the lives of people you know…. your friends, your neighbours, your family…

The people who don’t disappear when you log off…

On hand one… I do hope that media attention helps to remove some of the stigma that surrounds mental health…

But on the other hand… I know today’s newspapers are tomorrow’s fish ‘n’ chip wrappers and the topic du jour will soon be replaced and when it comes to real life…. My experience is that most people are uncomfortable around these issues and prefer to ignore them…

Then on the other hand… (yes… I have at least 3…)…

I find another worrying trend that disturbs me… an eagerness to over prescribe and medicate away parts of life that are normal…

A few years ago, I went out with a group of women and there were 14 of us and I don’t recall exactly how the conversation started but we all sat and dined around a big table and the wine was flowing and one of these women let slip to me that she was on anti-depressants… and she clasped her hand over her mouth as she had shocked herself with her reveal…

Now… I knew at least 2 other people at that table were also taking these tablets… I said to her… Don’t worry… you’re not alone…

Then what I did next surprised her but was an even bigger surprise to me…

I banged on the table like a toastmaster…

Hands up!!! Who here is currently taking or has ever taken antidepressants?

Two hands went up… a few glances were exchanged then 10 ¬†… yes TEN more hands went up

Out of fourteen people there were twelve that raised their hand…

Only myself and one other person had not taken them… I asked that one ¬†– why not? and she said that she had been offered them several times but was terrified to take them…

I have also been offered them and the reason I have not taken them can be found here… My response is not ‘normal’

Mental health disturbs me on so many levels…

And I have spent many hours pondering on my own mental health as basically most traits of being creative hit tick boxes for getting you sectioned as a nutter…

I find people very uptight around the subject… when I’m with my friends, I can let loose my dark humour (or on stage… I have done a set on what it’s like to live with someone with OCD…) but online… well… I had a rather interesting encounter after putting up a jokey status along the lines of what is it with people with OCD…. they have a bloody place for everything except for where they leave my¬†sodding¬†car keys…

That led to an un-friending after being told how ignorant I was and it’s NOT funny! My son has it and you don’t know what you are talking about…

I’d been blocked before I even got to reply… But then fuck it! Why should I justify myself anyway…

The person who’d I written about found it funny… and if I didn’t find some way to find some humour in mental illness then I’d have probably have murdered someone in their sleep many moons ago…

So… I see people who want to pop a pill for everything…. oh… I feel a bit sad… Here! Take this! My Granny has died… Here! Take this! I’m a bit stressed…. Here!…. need I go on?

I see normal every day things being medicated away…

I see people with severe mental illness trying to live without medication as not only does it take away illness… but often it robs them of other things… Where’s your natural personality in all of this…

And often I see that it’s not that person who is ill but the environment around them that causes the problems…

I’ve seen people who’ve been using medication for years suddenly become miraculously better after changing who they hang around with…

A couple of years ago, I had a problem with one of my sons at school… It went on for almost 2 years…

He was highly stressed at school and would walk out of the building…

The school wanted me to take him to the Doctor’s and get him diagnosed as having a behavioural problem…

I refused to take him and argued that there was not a problem with him but with the lack of classroom management skills…

Now this class was so noisy that you could hear the teacher shouting two streets away…

But I got told – Nonsense! Your son is unteachable…

Yes… my unteachable son who now he’s moved school has a shelf full of awards for being gifted and talented… mmm…

And that brings me back again to Mental Illness???

How are you defining that? Because… I’m seeing it as society is ill and doesn’t want to deal with anyone that they can’t slap a label on…

Oh… and watch out! Because if they do slap on a label… it never comes off…. Not even if it’s a misdiagnosis…

Catch 22…

You know… I went online the other day and found a test… It was to see if you have a split personality…

I took it twice… I failed one and passed one…

In the mean time… I think it’s time to claim back eccentricity…

It’s a good old fashioned English way…

I can be as bat shit gloriously crazy as I like… and if I’m functioning happily and undisturbed by my quirkiness… then why the hell should anybody else mind…